Whether we like it or not we face images & messages that come from our culture to either consume more, or live under the comfort of the banner of military might, or be willing to exploit the economy to our benefit. How then does Jesus want us to live in such a culture? Can it be possible that we can live differently but be a radical difference to our culture around us?
Colossians 3:5-11 Paul was a social revolutionary. He opposed his own people, the Jews, in order to follow Christ’s call to welcome all people into God’s redemption. However, as he was doing that, he also opposed the most powerful man in his society, Caesar, whose empire was causing brutality throughout the world to women, foreigners, and the poor.
Paul in this passage calls for the end of language and actions that perpetuate Caesar’s idolatrous way of life and look to the vision of a higher dignity of life in the image of the creator. Thus Paul says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all in all.
Colossians 2: 8-15 – “Accept no substitutes”. Buy genuine parts not inferior knock offs, can be heard in a lot of advertising these days. Yet we live in a day where we have a smorgasbord of religious thought and alternative spirituality realities, where does Jesus fit into the mix? Today’s text Paul will challenge his young church to make sure nothing replaces Jesus or don’t try to think Jesus was enough, He was completely sufficient at what he did at the cross and what his life brings to every follower of him.