Complete the Work
“Tell Archippus: ‘See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.’” (Colossians 4:17, NIV)
Paul tells us Archippus’ assignment came from the Lord. Paul is very specific in his in-structions, “complete the work you have received in the Lord.” Paul mentions this man again in Philemon 1:2. We read that Archippus, a fellow soldier in ministry, held church meetings in his home. As a Coach, I often find myself echoing Paul’s encouragement to my clients, “Complete the work, finish the task, don’t give up, cave in or quit.”
Our society is plagued by a growing attitude that quitting and giving up is acceptable. Statistics bear this out: (1) divorce rates are rising for people ages 55-65+ but declining for Millennials who delay marriage or choose to simply living together; (2) high school dropout rates indicate 1.2 million students drop out annually (one every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day); (3) we have the highest college dropout rate at almost 55%; (4) 31.2% of custodial moms have incomes below poverty level; (5) 5.1 million homes went into foreclosure from 2013-2017; and (6) the default rate on student loans is 11.5% in 2017. These stats reflect people’s failure to complete the work they started and finish the task.
I confess, I’m growing in my understanding of the importance of faithfulness and refusing to quit on God. Karen and I were given a Kingdom assignment in 2009 – assist in the planting, startup and operations of World Changers Church Houston (satellite church under Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar). For several years, we labored long and hard and performed tasks we would never have imagined. At times, we grew tired and weary, but we resolved that we would do whatever God told us to do no matter what. Looking back, I see how God used our faithfulness and obedience as Servant Leaders to teach us many things, and to shape and mold our character. I praise Jesus that He is always faithful and that He is teaching me to be faithful, even when I want to quit. To Paul’s directive, I say, “Yes and amen.” Child of God, I encourage you to complete the work you have received in the Lord.
Father, thank You for Your everlasting love and faithfulness. Jesus’ willing obedience and faithfulness on the cross encourages me to complete the work You have given me. Jesus, I am thankful that You never give up or quit on me. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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