Finishing well

So I’ve kinda fallen off the wagon.  The Colossians devotions wagon.  I have lots of excuses:

  • Got back from vacation and had lots of laundry.
  • Back to school sports physicals, supply shopping, PTO preparations (am I really a co-president again this year?)
  • Working with a new publisher to finally see the Dare2Hope Jeremiah Bible study in print (yea Abingdon).

But in reality, I just find starting easier than finishing. Especially when in my mind, “its almost done.”  I’ve thought about Colossians everyday, but then I get distracted with other things and think: “I’ll do it tomorrow.”   This goes right along with the end of Colossians.  Paul spends his final words encouraging the church to stay strong and finish well.

Colossians 4:7-18

“Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work. I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.  I am also sending Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, one of your own people. He and Tychicus will tell you everything that’s happening here. Aristarchus, who is in prison with me, sends you his greetings, and so does Mark, Barnabas’s cousin. As you were instructed before, make Mark welcome if he comes your way. Jesus (the one we call Justus) also sends his greetings. These are the only Jewish believers among my co-workers; they are working with me here for the Kingdom of God. And what a comfort they have been!  Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God. I can assure you that he prays hard for you and also for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved doctor, sends his greetings, and so does Demas.  Please give my greetings to our brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that meets in her house. After you have read this letter, pass it on to the church at Laodicea so they can read it, too. And you should read the letter I wrote to them.

And say to Archippus, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.” Here is my greeting in my own handwriting—Paul. Remember my chains. May God’s grace be with you.”

Paul wanted the Colossians to remember that other believers were praying for them, planning to visit them, and thinking of them. Specifically to Archippus he says, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.”

Hmmm…. be sure to finish what you know God has called you to do.  It’s a great reminder to you and me as well as Archie!  I know many things God has called me to do:

  • Love my husband and make him a priority.
  • Parent my children with love and discipline (and patience – oh Lord help me).
  • Disciple middle school students and teach them God’s Word.
  • Lead a Bible Study.
  • Reach out to the poor and offer friendship. (2 gals specifically on my heart)
  • Write, edit, and build a platform for the dare2hope message of Jeremiah in our crazy, unstable world.

What about you?  What do you need to be sure to finish that you know God has called you to do? It’s a busy time of year with back to school preparations, but what have you heard His still small voice say and you haven’t done it yet?  (call that gal from church and encourage her, take that teen out and find how you can pray for her, finish that book you started long ago, stay the parenting course even on days when you want to bury your head in the sand…. whatever it is – today is the day!)

For the sake of accountability – leave a comment below with what God is calling you to finish.  I will check in with you in a week to see how its going!

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