16 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. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
Paul is a straight talking man … he’s saying it how it is here, don’t let anyone judge you, or other versions say condemn you, disqualify you, or pressure you … into things that are shadows, in other words things that make no difference to your/my salvation. Some of these things maybe good or impressive and Paul seems to have insight into how gullible we can be. I liked what Andrew said in his blog yesterday, .. “I never want to get trapped in some man made tradition that teaches me I have to do this, that and the other in order to have victory over sin”. That is exactly what Paul is saying in these continuing verses, don’t get trapped in chasing shadows.
Father thank you that you are so straight forward in your Word, you know how gullible we can be, how easily we can get distracted from your grace into our works. Father I pray that I would always hold onto your Grace.
Written by Suzie Hodgson