"See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord." These words from Colossians 4:17 have been important to me for quite some time. There was a particular day when it seemed that God had brought me to this verse as though He were saying it to me. An exhortation to Archippus from Paul in the New Testament, yet somehow, an application for my own life.
I wanted to know more about what was being said in those few words of commanding encouragement. In another translation of this verse, "See to it" is "Take heed." I wanted to have still more understanding. With a little research, I found the Greek word for "heed" in that instance. It is blepo. Condensing the definition somewhat, it means, "Perceive by the senses, feel, see, discern, consider and contemplate…"
You guessed it; I wanted still more enlightenment. I found the Greek words for ministry (which is in place of work), received and finally, fulfil—which was from the word complete. I was so drawn to the expressiveness of the original meanings. For my own purposes, I wrote out an extended statement including the descriptions that seemed to fit what I felt God was leading me to in the Greek words. Here it is:
Feel, discern, consider and contemplate the command of God to proclaim and promote religion among men, which you have obediently joined to yourself and received with your mind in the Lord; accomplish it and carry it through to the end, bringing it to realisation.
Discovering this amplification of the scripture has made me….quiet. If I am to feel, discern, consider and contemplate…quietness would seem to be in order.
God is amazing and wonderful, far above what I could ever imagine. I want to learn more—so much more. How about you?