See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. – Colossians 2:8
An anonymous poet once wrote:
Are you in a good place? Guard it with care, for he put you there.
Are you in a bad place? Tend it with care, for he put you there.
There are days on the calendar that lead us to pause a remember something important. We have father’s day and mother’s day, where we stop to show special appreciation for all that our parents do for us throughout the year. We have Valentine’s day, where we pay particular attention to show our loved one, how special they are to us. Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day– doesn’t always get the same attention, maybe due to the fact we don’t like to think about war. Of course, those who serve in the military or have family who serves stop and remember, but for many, it’s just a day for army people. Remembrance Day is a day when we are called to remember all those who fought for our freedom, and it’s a reminder not to take our freedom for granted.
Are you taking our freedom for granted? How about your spiritual freedom? There are two ways in which the devil might want to attack your freedom in Christ. First is he will attempt to get you back in legalistic bondage and secondly, he will try to get you out of faith. Paul warned the church at Colossae to be vigilant because there were some who might try to get them back into bondage by attacking their freedom in Christ.
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Colossians 2:16-17
Paul points out an interesting perspective – he says that such observations had their time, but they were merely a shadow of things to come. In other words, it was a pattern of the old covenant that was given as a precursor for the saving grace in Jesus. We now live under the Messianic covenant (of grace) and are no longer subject to the Mosaic covenant. That is why Jesus said on the Cross, “it is finished!” (John 19:30).
Today we may not be bound by what food to eat, but we still allow ourselves to be bound by traditions. The problem is that many of our “Christian” traditions are not biblical and if allowed, make us become Pharisees as well. In the name of tradition, we have great wars over styles of worship, the clothing to wear in church and what to sit on in the church. Tradition can be wonderful, but tradition also can be dangerous. We must be careful that we don’t take our freedom for granted and find ourselves rebound by new traditions.
- How often do you reflect on your freedom in Christ?
- In which areas are not enjoying the freedom to worship God?
- In which spiritual discipline do you have the greatest opposition from your friends and family?
Father, your Word says that whoever the son sets free is free indeed. Thank you for setting me free. Help me to walk in Your freedom each day, In Jesus’ name, Amen.