“Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” Col. 4:17
We know very little about Archippus whom Paul mentioned at the end of this letter, yet one thing we know about him is that he had a ministry from the Lord to finish. It appeared to be a matter of such great importance that Paul made a point to bring it up at the end.
“Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”
The name appears in the Bible twice and was only mentioned in passing. The man didn’t seem to be a person of great renown, although according to legend he might have become a bishop of some sort at the end. In fact, a particular day was set aside by the church to observe his life. These don’t seem to matter all that much compared to what he was admonished to do by the apostle, which was to finish the ministry which he had received in the Lord.
We can’t help asking ourselves this question after we come across this verse: “What sort of ministry have we received from the Lord, and are we determined, as long as we live, to finish it?”
If what I am doing has been self-appointed and self-generated, it matters very little whether I finish it or not, but if it truly comes from the Lord I must take it with utter seriousness. This is something I continue to ponder every day and the answer to it remains rather vague: Is this writing ministry God’s calling or my personal aspiration?
We may aspire to do something great for the Lord, and what we try to do might just be fulfilling our personal ambition and the high sounding proclamation of serving the Lord is merely a pretext we employ to justify our lifelong endeavor of self-gratification.
The statement of serving the Lord can be deployed as a justification or rationalization for what we spend our entire life laboring and the distinction between the two is very vague. What we must do is to dig deep into our heart and examine how we are motivated to do what we do. Is it really for God’s own glory or my own personal glorification?
I pray I will be given sufficient time in this life to finish what I have been charged to do, if this writing project is truly his charge, of course. If this isn’t from the Lord, why bother?
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 7:37:00 AM