Fulfill your ministry

And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”
–Colossians 4:17

Reading Colossians a few days ago, this verse gripped me. There in the closing of the book is Paul’s admonishment of a servant of Christ who apparently was dropping the ball. God had given him an open door to serve in some form of ministry, and he, for whatever reason, wasn’t being faithful to complete the work he had been given. So he needed a word of encouragement.
The verse gripped me, because I realized how often I, as well as many others, have needed to receive a word like that. Look at your life for a moment, and see if you need it, too, today.

The ministries that we do, which are jobs that the Lord Himself has given us, are works of service for His glory that He expects us to fulfill. He provides the grace, strength, guidance, stamina, and resources necessary to fulfill the task, as we turn to Him. So see that you get to the work He gives you without stall, without delay, and without giving up. And finish well.

Is there a ministry God has told you to start that isn’t started, even though He already opened the door? Then get to it.
Is there a ministry that you are no longer giving your whole heart to, and now you are slacking off because of disappointment or discouragement? Then get back to it. If He wants you to stop, He will close that door or open another that He asks you to go through. And He will be faithful to see you through on the job for as long as He desires.
Is there a ministry you have quit, or are about to quit, without His first releasing you from the task? Then make sure—see to it—that you keep on the job until He takes you off it.
“Fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:5)

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