-Paul Ilesanmi: Have you met Uncle Archippus?
Not much was written about him, he was only mentioned twice in the Bible but this is what caught my attention:
Apostle Paul writing in Colossians 4:17 “ said And tell Archippus, be sure that you do all the Lord has told you to do”
The Bible did not talk about “What the Lord has asked Archippus to do”
But I believe that we can base it on these two things that I thought about.
- It may be that he was encouraging him not to give up because in Philemon 1:2 Apostle Paul called Archippus “A fellow soldier of the cross”
- It may be that perhaps Archippus was already deviating from what God has called him to do.
Beloved, whatever assignment God has asked you to carry out, be encouraged, he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not back off because of the problems you think you may face when you begin the work.
I understand what it means to start something from the ‘scratch”
That is why we must respect and honour those people that have built businesses, ministries from the scratch.
It is not easy ooo, I hope you know? To hear that God said you should go and start a Church inside a bush where there is nobody, ha!
It takes courage (I hope you know the story of Pastor Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo) or even, look at the Pastors around you.
To leave your lucrative work and start a business from the scratch is not Bread and Beans ooo.
When you check other versions like KJV, it says “And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.”
The idea of ministry is not restricted to the Pulpit, in fact all believers have been called into the ministry of reconciliation which contemporary means Evangelism; bringing men and women into the kingdom through the preaching of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What has God committed into your hands? Are you doing it?
Is it fear that is holding you back?
Do you lack the courage?
Do you know that there are people that your life is meant to bless but it will not happen until you take heed to fulfill the ministry Go has given you.
Let us watch this short video clip by Apostle Joshua Selman
Take heed to fulfill God’s plan.
Yours may be that you are meant to open an orphanage but you are still sitting inside the air conditioned office instead of stepping out to start.
Perhaps you are meant to be a teacher of God’s word but you are still working as a sport analyst or public commentator. Take heed.
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God is telling you that “I want you to stay in that banking sector, I want to use you to cause a reformation in the industry”
But all want you want to do is travel out of the country to seek greener pasture.
God is saying “I want to use you in the makeup industry, I want to make your hands a healing tool in the heart of people” but you are still in that air conditioned office counting money that is not yours.
(Please, God is not against anyone using makeup oooo, makeup is not a sin, I hope you know).
Jonah tried to run away from God asked him to do, he almost regretted it.
If you are confused, pray, seek counsel but to think that you should run away, don’t!
Some people have been called to as “Prophets to nations” but no, they want to be Pastors.’
Some people have been called to be music ministers but no, they want to be teachers of the gospel.
Stay in your office!
If you deviate from your office, it will not be long, you will fade away.
Do not start what God has not called you to do because you see that Pastor B is wealthy, so you deviate from your “evangelism ministry” to open a Church, it is a matter of time before the Church will fold up.
Stay in your office, take heed to fulfill the call of God upon your life.