by Rev Joel Yong
If you have died with Christ to the world’s way of doing things, why do you let others tell you how to live? It’s as though you were still under the world’s influence. People will tell you, “Don’t handle this! Don’t taste or touch that!” All of these things deal with objects that are only used up anyway. These things look like wisdom with their self-imposed worship, false humility, and harsh treatment of the body. But they have no value for holding back the constant desires of your corrupt nature.
“Why do you let others tell you how to live?”
That is the question the apostle poses to us.
We belong not to these voices.
We belong to Christ.
In baptism, we became His.
So the rules that were being imposed, by various false teachers in the community, on the Colossians about circumcision and “unclean” food- should not be adhered to. The Colossian church belongs to Christ and He is its Master and Savior who set it free.
These man-made rules about physical observances had no power to transform them spiritually at all.
Physical rituals and observances must embody a deeper spiritual truth or remind us of a belief we hold to- to have any significance beyond the act itself.
Circumcision and special diets no longer served any purpose in the light of Jesus’ coming and death and resurrection.
Good reminder today- about whose we are and how this identity transforms what we do.