Colossians 2: 20–23
20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
Conquering our evil thoughts and desires is important, so that we can be more like Christ. However, here we see Paul criticizing the Colossians for following rules of the world such as “Don’t handle, don’t eat, don’t touch”. Why? Paul says that we have been set free from the evil powers of this world and that following rules has no effect in helping us conquer evil desires. What does have an effect is concentrating on the positive rather than the negative – growing in giving God the place of honour in our lives and allowing his spirit to change us.
So let’s not take the human solution to becoming Christ-like, but the God solution. This week let’s all devote ourselves more to God and think about pleasing and honouring him.
Lord, help me to be filled with your Holy Spirit, so that I can be changed to be more like you. Thank you for the freedom you give me in Christ. Amen
Written by Megan Cornell