Dr. Clair Budd – “Complete the Task”
“And say to Archippus, ‘See that you complete the task that you have received in the Lord’.” – Colossians 4:17 (NASB)
I don’t know that I have ever thought of “git ‘er done” being a particularly spiritual phrase. However, in Paul’s concluding instructions to the church in Colossae, this seems to be what he says to Archippus, about whom we know next to nothing. What a shame it would be if later history revealed that he dropped the ball instead!
God has given each of us a place of service in His Kingdom (the Greek word translated here as “task” is usually translated “ministry”). We each have something to do for God, and what He gives us to do, He empowers us to do. Our responsibility is to “git ‘er done.” In one church where I pastored, Keith and Lila taught the first grade Sunday school class faithfully for over 40 years. I would say that’s “gittin’ ‘er done”!
Your task, your ministry, might be very visible, or it might be virtually unseen by others. Either way, it’s a part of our stewardship to “complete the task” God has placed in our hands.
Holy Spirit, give me the fortitude, the persistence, to stay faithful to the ministry you have given me, even if the going gets rough – and thank you for those in our lives who have modeled this faithfulness.
- Dr. Clair Budd, Professor of Christian Studies & Philosophy