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. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." (Colossians 2:16)
Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me today I love hearing from you. Today we are going to discuss a topic we can all relate to…“religious performance”. How can we tell if we are trapped in religious performance and how does it hurt us?
It is no different today than it was 2000 years ago in Colossae. In this passage, beginning in verse 16 of chapter 2, we discover the dangerous traps that await us on every side as we journey toward the goal of a personal relationship and ultimate union with God. These traps are not new to us today, in fact, they are just the same. These traps cycle throughout the centuries having the same effects on the believer as they did in the early days of Christianity.
Food restrictions, special diets, observance of special ceremonies arose out of Jewish practices. Is there anything wrong with these practices? No, not in and of themselves, but they were not given by God to be performed as a ritual to just mechanically go through the motions. Paul says, doing this can destroy the true vitality of faith. Colossians 2:8
But some may say, "Wait a minute. Aren't some of these observances given to us by God to remind us of truth? Isn't there some value gained to our mental and physical health by doing them? Paul answers that question in verse 16-17. “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with a regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come, the reality, however, is found in Christ.”
Jesus should be our focus.. He is the center of all life and the source of excitement in a Christian's experience. He is the One who walks with us through life, who comforts us in times of need and strengthens us when we are being tempted. He is a place of refuge to run to when we are troubled or uncertain about life. To lose him is to lose all source of excitement and vitality in life.
So, to sum up, isn’t Paul telling us that when we have Him, He is all we need- He is enough, there is no purpose in performance. Religious performance can happen on any given Sunday morning, we can merely mouth the words of a hymn or we can actually enter in with our heart and mind. Performance takes away what God wants to impart. “Himself.” Be encouraged, live the life of Christ in peace and joy not in bondage.
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