Scripture:   Colossians (NIV) 4:17  Tell Archippus:  “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” 

Observation:   In closing his letter to the church in Colossae, Paul writes this personal comment to Archippus.  An assignment from the Lord should always be taken seriously.  It should not be left undone.  If we follow His directions, we are not responsible for its results only its completion.

Application:  This SOAP ministry is so simple.  It seems to me anyone could do it, and many do.  Yet God has given me the assignment of sending these out by Face Book, email, posting on several Web/blog sites and on the bulletin board at the YMCA.  They are translated into a couple of languages in Southeast Asia.  Those written in 2012 are put in monthly booklets for some senior citizens who do not get on the computer.  They are also printed quarterly for some in Bangladesh.  A faithful heart is the fertile ground in which God can plant a simple ministry and make it grow. 

Prayer:   Lord, may everyone who reads these SOAPs be encouraged to be faithful in the simple things you give them to do. Our faithfulness allows you to use these ministries far beyond our initial dreams.  Lord, May I faithfully complete my assignment!  Amen 

Pastor Leon
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