by Dr. Charles Stanley
No Unimportant Work
The final verses of Colossians seem to have little theological impact. Most of the people listed here, with the exception of Luke and Mark, are unfamiliar. We could easily dismiss these verses, skipping them to delve into 1 Thessalonians. But these verses carry the subtle message that no ministry is unimportant.
Christians easily recognize the apostle Paul’s amazing contributions to the faith. Much of the New Testament is made up of his God-inspired letters. The people mentioned in his Colossian missive seem to pale in comparison, but all of them were important. For instance, Tychicus, the first mentioned, played an incredible role — wherever he appears in Scripture, he is running errands for Paul (Acts 20:4, Ephesians 6:21, 2 Timothy 4:12). Thanks to this man, the Colossian letter traveled over 800 miles to its destination, then moved from church to church to be read repeatedly and copied. Without Paul’s errand boy, modern believers might not have this valuable letter.
We tend to judge types of service as important or unimportant. Too often pride inhibits our approval of a particular ministry. We want a big, impressive job to prove to everyone how much we love God. However, what the Lord desires is the exact opposite: He wants our love to motivate us to do anything He asks, no matter how insignificant or unnoticeable.
What is God asking you to do that you are resisting? Repent of your pride, and humble yourself to do all that He desires. None of God’s work is unimportant.