“Tell Archippus: “see to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.” Colossians 4:17
Archippus was a Christian teacher/minister. He had been given a lifetime job from the Lord – a calling to Christian service. We don’t know why Paul felt compelled to send a word of exhortation to him to complete the work he had been given. Perhaps he heard something about him that we don’t know, or perhaps in his own experience he knew how difficult ministry can be. But whatever the reason, he sent a word to Archippus to complete the work.
As one who is serving the Lord, I know how hard it can be. I know how easy it would be to slack off, or simply give up. I’m sure you do too. In society today, we are hearing more and more about pastors and Christian leaders who are caving under the pressure. Adultery, suicide, exhaustion, financial hardship or turning away from ministry are just a few of the things we hear about.
And so, just as Paul said to Archippus, we say to you: “see to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.”
Let’s break that down:
See to it means to look away from all else and look to that one thing being addressed. In this case, the work you received in the Lord. Is there anything drawing your attention away from that one thing.
See to it that you complete… According to Strong’s and Vines Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, some of the Greek definitions for the word complete are: to fill to the top, carry to the end, accomplish, to cause Gods will to be obeyed as it should be and Gods promises to receive fulfillment.
But my favorite is to end together, thoroughly finished.
And so, the message is to look away from any distractions to the call of God on your life and end together with Him what He has placed within your heart to do. Keep on doing it until He says otherwise.
What have you received from Him to do? What service are you passionate about? Review the list of Spiritual gifts in Romans 12 because God has gifted every believer. If you are gifted to teach or preach, then do so. If serving is your strength, then serve, if gifted to give, then give, etc.
The point is, don’t give up or give in to the pressures of this world that the enemy is throwing at us from every direction. Stand firm in your faith and your mission. There is no such thing as retirement from Gods perspective. Hosea 10:12 tells us to continue to break up unplowed ground until He comes. God’s mission is for a lifetime and He does not discharge His servants from their work. His gifts and calling are irrevocable.
And so, be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you. He will fight for you in this battle of sin, corruption and immorality such as we have never before seen. But He wants our participation of faithfulness to press on in the midst of it. Stand firm, don’t give up. This battle belongs to the Lord. Cling to Him. Ask Him for a renewing of passion for the task and the strength to endure.
To God be the glory.