“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
“And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.”
Colossians 4:17 “And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.”
In today’s opening Scripture, the apostle Paul in his epistle to the Church at Colossae sent a word of exhortation to Archippus to fulfill the ministry that he had received in the Lord, which means that it is not enough to have received a ministry from the Lord; we must see to it that we fulfill it. God has called us with a holy calling into the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone in Christ has a specific ministry to fulfill.
We are rewarded for the ministry we fulfilled, not that which we received in the Lord. Receiving a ministry from the Lord is the beginning of fulfilling it, just as much as admission into the University is not the end of tertiary education, but the beginning of it. To come out or pass with flying colours ought to be the goal of every student with admission into school. God wants us to fulfill our ministry in the Lord. He wants us to reach our God-given goals, and fulfill His plan and purpose for us. He desires that we finish strong and excellently. The end of everything, ministry inclusive, is better than the beginning of it (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Admission into the ministry through the call of God is the beginning.
Fulfillment of the call is the end. Fulfilling the ministry that you have received in the Lord is better and more rewarding than being called into the ministry. Note that the apostle Paul wrote to Archippus to take heed to the
ministry that he had received in the Lord, that he might fulfill it. Why? It takes careful heed to fulfill one’s ministry in the Lord. You must stay your gaze and consecration on it to fulfill it.
Paul the apostle says these words in Acts 20:24 as to the fact that consecration and undivided attention is needed to fulfill one’s ministry “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Despite the challenges ahead of him, he was only concerned with fulfilling the ministry that the Lord had given unto him.
Paul was conscious of the fact that a day was coming, the day of the Lord, which He has set apart for accountability of our stewardship, and on that day, God’s commendation will not be based on the magnitude of the gift that you received but on your faithfulness. 1 Corinthians 4:2 says “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” Faithfulness is doing the will of the Father willingly, completely and consistently without any external policing or supervision.
My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that I apply myself to the ministry that I have received from the Lord; I give all diligence and consecration to finish the work that He has given to me. Amen.