Let No One Disqualify You
16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,[a]puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
I feel like humans are way too easily distracted. We can’t help but pay attention to the flashiest, most impressive, best looking, or most shocking things. Think about what makes headlines in the news, or the topics of conversation and gossip within friend groups. By and large, we have a terrible time getting to the root matters, and letting all else fade away.
This is what our author is getting at in today’s reading from Colossians. We need to let the promise that we are forgiven because of what Jesus has done be enough for us. Maybe it isn’t that those who have been distracted are pressuring us into visions, specific diets, or worship of angels, but I am sure we can fill in those blanks with more applicable phrases. When Jesus saved us he did away with all of these rules and regulations. He knew that this was just some clever and flashy way for us to be made superior, look more righteous, and let everyone know it. This is the very opposite of what God calls us into, which is a humble and genuine life in which we love God and others more than ourselves. At the core, what we believe as Christians is really quite simple. Continue to stay focused today, and don’t let the voices of this world derail you on your path.
God, keep my attention on your wisdom today, and not on the false promises and enticements of the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Tucker Good Director of Media and Communications firstname.lastname@example.org