”Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord." (Colossians 4:17 NIV)
Our sons were skilled football (soccer) players and we have followed them from the time they played in the ’junior leagues’ until they became grown, mature players.
The ’junior leagues’ consisted of, in part, players running around in football jerseys that were altogether too large reaching down to the players’ knees (apparently there was a lack of smaller sized football jerseys), and partly in that all the players joined like a bees’ swarm in the area where the ball was to be found. They hadn’t yet had time to learn much about team work.
Subsequently, when the children had grown up, they became ever more disciplined. They have learned the importance of each player maintaining their position, including in relation to, and coordinated with their team mates. If someone has the ball, one seeks to find a strategic place to which the ball can be passed. They have learned to fulfill their service in the place to which they’ve been assigned.
God has decided that each Christian should know which position, which act of service is theirs – ”Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager… to make your calling and election sure”, Peter wrote. (2 Pet 1:10 NIV). God wants us to faithfully fulfill our act of service in that place which is ours.
Lord, help me today to fulfill the act of service that You have given me. Help me to act in harmony with others so that You will be honored through my life.