Colossians 2:6-15 “‘Really Christian”


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I remember, in my younger days, having to get dressed up to go to church.  Though it seemed torturous at the time and I hated every minute of it, I remember vividly my parents explaining that “we give our best to God.”  The irony our “best” clothes causing a rather chaotic and heated morning prior to entering God’s presence in worship is certainly not lost on me.

Paul, in our Scripture today, warns the Christians in Colossae to not be taken captive by human traditions.  He uses the tradition of circumcision as an example. Though the act certainly had meaning in the Old Testament, it was virtually pointless if it didn’t involve a changed heart and a transformed life.  This is the point that Moses makes in Deuteronomy, the one that Jesus draws forward in His life and work, and the one that Paul reminds us today: it’s not about how we look, it’s about where our heart is.

Questions to take home:

  1. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9.  How do the words that Moses speaks there relate to our passage today?  In what ways do these words speak to you today?
  2. Read Mark 7:1-23. How are the words that Jesus speaks here similar to what Paul says in our passage today?  How do they relate to Moses words from Deuteronomy?
  3. What are some “human traditions” that you hold to in your Christian walk?  What are some that we hold to as a church? How do you think that we can keep our focus on the transformative call of Christ rather than the things we feel comfortable with in life?