“And say to Archippus, ‘Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.’”
“And say to Archippus, ‘Take heed to the ministry”
Archippus was a minister at Colosse. Paul challenges the church to admonish him to be diligent about doing his work. Evidently, he was sidetracked with things of less moment.
Archippus may be the son of Philemon (Phile 2). He may have ministered in Colosse at Epaphras’ absence. In Philemon, Paul asks Philemon to free his slave Onesimus. Now he chastises his son for not staying sharp in the ministry. Philemon remained his friend, however!
“Take heed” means to watch out. The ministry is not the ability to balance a cup of tea or make proper clucking noises at any party. “Take heed” in this context means to concentrate on ministry. Some ministers do everything but teach the Word. Here Paul says, “Get with it.” (Cf. 1 Tim. 4:16; Ac 20:28; 2 Tim. 4:5; 1 Tim. 1:12; Acts 20:24).
“Ministry” is used 3 ways in the New Testament: 1) leader of the national entity (Rom 13:1,2), 2) universal priesthood of the believer (2 Cor 3:6-4:1), and 3) pastor of the local church (Eph 3:7; 6:21). Here the idea is the pastor of the local church.
It is important for the ministry’s sake to stay sharp in ministry.
We need to “take heed” to our ministry. Heaven and hell are at stake. We try to be as sharp as we can so that we honor the privilege of the ministry given to us.