And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” Colossians 4:17
Do you ever need a nudge to do something? Psychologists claim that twenty percent of us are habitual procrastinators, and the other eighty percent struggle occasionally with putting things off. Several books have been written to help people overcome procrastination, but those who need the books never get around to opening them! They need a nudge.
So did Archippus.
This man is mentioned twice in the Bible. He lived in the town of Colossae and attended the church that met in Philemon’s home. Paul called him “our fellow soldier” (Philemon 1:2). But in writing to the Colossians, Paul cryptically devoted one verse to his fellow soldier: “Tell Archippus: ‘See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord’” (Colossians 4:17, NIV).
Put your name there. God has something great for you to do. Don’t put it off. God is waiting to use you. View this verse as a nudge, and see to it that you finish your work in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
We can turn an ordinary job into an extraordinary mission if we realize that God has placed us in our work as an opportunity to influence others for His Kingdom.
Colossians 4 • Final Comments and Exhortations