Words of Inspiration from the Pastor
Pastor Willie Williams Jr.In Colossians 4:17, at the very end of Paul’s letter to the church at Colosse, before he pens the closing salutation, Paul takes the opportunity to direct a word of encouragement to one of the brothers in that church. He asks the congregation to tell Archippus to, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” In the NLT this verse reads, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.” What Paul is trying to do is encourage this brother to stay with his ministry, to see his ministry through. Paul might well be speaking to any of us today.

Robert F. Kennedy once said, “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” From a biblical context, that is what ministry is all about. One of the ways of living out the Christian life is through ministry or service. That’s really what Jesus was implying when He said, “You are the light of the world.” Jesus was saying that I placed you here to help make things better. He did not say that it would be easy. The fact is, ministry is often done in a climate where people are frustrated, families are in conflict, communities are divided, and congregations are apathetic. Nonetheless, despite all of the challenges, if you’re going to do your part in helping to make things better, you’ve got to hang in there; you’ve got to keep on working. Here are a few things that will help you:

  • Don’t get sidetracked or distracted. Stay focused on the ministry goals
  • Remember that your ministry is a gift from God; and that service is a great opportunity to help make things better
  • God will help you to complete whatever work He assigns to you