Colossians 4:17 (Amplified)
"And say to Archippus, See that you discharge carefully [the duties of] the ministry and fulfill the stewardship which you have received in the Lord."
The ministry you received in the Lord has to do with the ministry you received in the Kingdom. The Ministry received OF the Lord is the one communicated directly (Acts 20:24), like the headship call or founder call; while the ministry received IN the Lord is communicated in the kingdom through your Pastor or spiritual leader. You must understand that most of the things God will have you do on the earth; He will bring to you through someone that you are responsible to and who is accountable for you in one area or the other. To fulfil your ministry means to fully discharge it. You need a sense of ownership concerning your ministry to fulfil it.
We are saved for ministry and not just to go to heaven. Ministry is actually the reason for your salvation and even creation. Ministry is what you are doing that is contributing to the overall programme of God on the earth. The reason we are to live holy and be conformed to the nature of Christ is to qualify for our ministry. If you do enough to qualify for your ministry you would have done enough to make heaven. Church is not an end in itself but a means to an end. It is the training ground for ministry, the school of the Holy Ghost where He works on us to make us fit for the master’s use.
You should never stay at the level of salvation but you must progress to the reason for your salvation. Put in another way, we can say, "Ministry is what God is funding in your life.” It is the reason God has set you in the Church where you are now. It is ministry that brings responsibilities and assignments to you. The worst thing that can happen to a believer is for ministry to be taken from you. Many people are not rising very high because they are either not taking divine platforms serious or they have not accepted it by taking ownership of the ministry.
May the Lord open your eyes of understanding to discover your ministry, to embrace and accept it so as to fill the measure of it in Jesus’ name.
Prayer: Lord, I ask for the awareness of the ministry you have assigned to me. I receive grace to fulfill every assignment and ministry given to me in the Lord in Jesus’ name.