Colossians 1:24-2:5 “Default Reaction”


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Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”  Essentially, this is referring to the forces that are acting on two separate objects and how they interact when one acts against another.  This can be seen in everyday interactions such as the collision of football players at the line of scrimmage or the mess that is made when your car windshield is hit by (or hits) a large juicy bug.

Each of us can act a bit like this as well.  Whether we encounter a stressful situation at work or naughty kids at home, if we aren’t thinking about it we can have a default reaction, be it anger, sarcasm, or maybe even disengaging.  Paul, in our Scripture today, talks about his reaction to his encounters with resistance, forces in opposition to his faith and his calling to preach the Gospel.

Questions to take home:

  1. What is your default reaction when you encounter a stressful situation?  An unexpected situation? What about when you encounter resistance to your faith or the message of Jesus Christ?
  2. Read Romans 5:3-5.  What does Paul have to say about suffering’s place in the Christian life?  When have you experienced a time when, in the midst of a struggle or resistance, you grew in your faith and experienced God in a new way?
  3. Think of someone in your life that hasn’t accepted Jesus or is resistant to the message of the Gospel?  How are you contending for them, as Paul talks about in Colossians, in an effort to help them come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord?