Like many of you I have been quite busy as of late. I have been teaching two college courses during the week as well as putting in a few extra hours at my full-time job. Sixty hour work weeks take their toil.
After five weeks of that schedule, I was spent. As a result, I forced myself to rest this past Sunday. I slept in. I took the family to church. I then spent the afternoon doing something I rarely do–nothing. I even napped. Then I watched the conclusion of the PGA Championship–the last “major” of the year. It wasn’t very exciting. The leader was Jason Dufner. He would win by two strokes. He didn’t do anything amazing on Sunday. Just one boring par after another. That’s when a comment caught my attention. He had put together a string of some twenty-five or so pars in a row. A round and a half of error-free golf.
No birdies. No bogies. Just pars.
Just doing what was necessary.
Hopefully that describes my life over the past month. I can attest that I have accomplished nothing which could be described as “amazing.” At the same time, however, I don’t believe I have messed things up too terribly either. In a sense, I have tried to hit it straight, stay on the fairway, and two-putt the green.
Don’t you think Jesus is pleased with faithfulness?
I am convinced that He is.
This morning I read Romans, chapter one, again. Paul admitted that he felt an obligation to testify concerning the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. I thought about my obligations afterwards. My life situation is very different from that of the Apostle Paul. He was single. I am married. He did not have children. I have four. His full-time vocation was ministry. Mine is the workplace. But his call to faithfulness is identical to my own.
He was called to remain faithful to his Lord and his responsibilities and I am to do the same.
I recently taught the book of Colossians to a group of students. The last question on the test was regarding Archippus (Col. 4:17). Paul wrote a somewhat cryptic statement when he said, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it” (NASB). The Message renders that as: “And, oh, yes, tell Archippus, ‘Do your best in the job you received from the Master. Do your very best.”
To which particular “ministry” is Paul referring? We do not know. Apparently a believer named Archippus was struggling with remaining faithful. Paul’s exhortation is clear: “Re-engage. Get busy at doing what you are supposed to be doing. Don’t fizzle out. Be faithful.”
A good word for all of us to hear. A great phrase every servant of God desires to hear is “Well-done.” That’s what Jason Dufner heard Sunday as they handed him the Wanamaker Trophy. That’s what I want to hear from Jesus when I finally see His glorious face.
What’s your plan for the rest of this week?
Can I make a suggestion?
Try to make par.