Colossians 4:17 (KJV): “And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.”
COMMENTARY: Every person who comes to Christ receives a God-given ministry to fulfill. One of the most convoluted concepts in Christianity today is that only those who are called to be full-time pastors, missionaries or teachers are in real full-time ministry. Wrong! You have received a unique, full-time ministry from the Lord, and His desire is that you know it and take heed to fulfill it on a daily basis.
The problem is, we’re often too busy looking at what other people are doing (or not doing) and trying to emulate someone we admire, that we miss what God is telling us to do. In the process, we run the risk of becoming busybodies and complainers.
APPLICATION: When you wake up each morning, before you go to work, schedule some quiet time between you and the Lord. Pray. Study Scripture. Ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Then ask the Holy Spirit to give you His “marching orders” for your workday.
Take a plain sheet of paper, and write the words TAKE HEED on the top. Then, as the Holy Spirit gives you the inspiration, write down those things He wants you to do. Ask Him to prioritize the tasks on the list. Bring your list to work, and through the course of the day, take heed and fulfill that which He has directed you to do, as diligently as you can. You’ll be amazed at what the Lord can do as you tune into His version of time management.
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Colossians 4:17 (KJV)，read Colossians and Work from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.