I am reading through the Bible with a plan the church is using. It is kind of fun knowing we are all reading the same thing. I’ve done this before with a group in Illinois, and it was delightful when we got together and discussed it. Lovely.
Today, in my reading I came across the name Archippus. I’ve seen the name before and I guess just skipped right over it. My reading today was in Colossians. Paul says very simply in Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” Simple and profound.
I went to Bing and looked up my new-found friend. There was very little to say about him as he appears in the Bible very little. He shows up here in Colossians and again in Philemon. The Bible scholars conclude he is probably Philemon’s son or perhaps his brother. And we know he has a ministry from the Lord and he is the leader of a church that meets in his home.
I was pondering this fellow, because I love to ponder (especially in the wee hours), and I was thinking, it could be any name plugged in there. It is good advice for any of us. “Take heed to the ministry … that you may fulfill it.”
Have you set your hand to something? Take heed … fulfill. Simple and yet profound. Rather challenging in its simplicity I think.
So, today, I am plugging my name in. Take heed, Pat, to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.
Don’t quit. Don’t grow weary. Take heed. Be attentive. Stay faithful. Endure the tiresomeness that inevitably comes. Stay strong when distracted or disillusioned. Be steady and fulfill it.
Cross the finish line. There’s the message.
Cross the finish line.
Who’s going to cross with me?
Taking heed, aiming to fulfill