Fulfilling Your Duty
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
One of the benefits of being saved is that you became an heir of Christ. In other words, you are now in the family of God, and you have as much right to any benefit that Christ had as His heir. Being an heir of Christ means that you are royalty because Christ is the King of kings.
However, being an heir of Christ means much more than just being royalty. Being an heir carries great responsibilities that you must perform. It means that you are next in line in carrying out the responsibilities of Christ when He was on earth. So, what did He come to do? Luke 19:10 tells us when Christ said, For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Jesus spent His every waking hour trying to find the lost and doing everything in His power to see them saved. When Jesus left this earth, He reminded us of our duty as an heir in Acts 1:8 when He said, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Let me explain several things about this duty that you have as an heir.
First, your responsibility as an heir is not a gift but a command and duty. Soul winning has never been about being gifted to do it; it is about fulfilling Christ’s command to reach the lost. Many think they don't have to be a soul winner because they are not gifted, but this is not true. God never said to be a witness of Him if you are gifted. Christ’s command to be a witness is to all believers.
Second, your responsibility has nothing to do with how much time you have. Christ never said to be a witness of Him if you have time. Your first responsibility as an heir is to do the duty that you were left to do. The fact that you have 168 hours in a week means that you have time to tell others about Christ. It is amazing how we can find time to do what we want to do no matter how busy we are, but we can't find time to fulfill our duty as an heir. Not to find the time to be witnesses of Christ is to be in rebellion towards God and His Word.
Third, your responsibility has nothing to do with whether you feel like it. An heir must do their duties no matter what they feel like each day. In other words, an heir does their duties out of duty, and a Christian should fulfill their duty of being a soul winner out of duty if they must. Yes, I wish we always felt like going soul winning, but the truth is most soul winners don't go soul winning because they feel like it, but they go because it is their duty to do. Once they go, they find themselves feeling much better because they go.
Fourth, your responsibility has nothing to do with not losing your family for the ministry. The excuse about not losing your family for the ministry is one of the greatest excuses of lazy believers who use this as their crutch not to go soul winning. Let me make this clear; you have a duty to be a witness for Christ; therefore, you and your family are to tell others about Christ. Why can you find time for the family to do worldly activities, but you can't find time as a family to go soul winning? Your duty to be a witness for Christ’s Gospel is to be obeyed with your family.
Let me ask, are you fulfilling or neglecting your duty? It is a privilege to be an heir of Christ; therefore, the duty to be a witness of His Gospel should not be grievous but a pleasure.