Yesterday I was listening to Jim Cymbala as he spoke on Colossians chapter4:17. "Tell Archippus: See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord. (NIV) For a complete audio recording of this message go to http://www.moodyradio.org/brd_programtoday.aspx?id=35654 - 35k.
Here is a summary of what he said.
All of us (not just preachers) have a work to do for the Lord
It is up to us to ask God what He wants us to do for Him
There is a time to finish the work we have received in the Lord.
We should be encouraged that the Lord ask us to work for Him.