May 13, 2018
Colossians 4:17… And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”
Paul makes the word “in” famously important. It is wise to note that in the sentence above the ministry is in the Lord. It is also from the Lord but Paul emphasizes that we are to be in the Lord. That is where any ministry that we might have is found. That is part of the relationship that we have with God. He set it up that way. We have all things from God in the context of relationship with Him. The Spirit of God lives in us. His power lives in us. All because of relationship which He initiated when He forgave us of all sin. The focus on fulfilling a ministry could be on the ministry and could feed pride. The focus needs to be on the relationship we have with Jesus. That is the fuel and the validation for the ministry.
Last night, at a dinner gathering, I was told by one of the women, “You are a pillar in my faith walk.” I responded with some lame comment about trying to maintain that. As soon as I spoke, I knew I was in the wrong. I did nothing of my own strength to achieve pillar status. And I can do nothing to continue it. All I can do is what I have done already, serve and love Jesus with all my heart. When you encourage someone, don’t put their eyes on what they have humanly accomplished. Paul tells the church to, “Say to the man…” We “say” with words. And then, in the words he gave them, he said to “fulfill the ministry that you have received in the lord.” With the above explanation, I say to anyone who reads this, “Fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.” What I am saying is “Live in Him.” What that means is, “Live according to His words.” In doing that, you will fulfill the ministry God has given you. And that is another important consideration… God has put, within each of us, gifts from Him. We don’t generate our ministries. God gives them to us. I will use my example because it is fresh in my mind. How does one be a pillar? To me, it seems like I would just stand strong and tall. That might look like a pillar but would not serve in the function of a pillar. Another statement by Paul, in his sentence, is that we co-exist. We are to be interrelated, caring for one another.