Today’s Scripture: Colossians 2:8-10
8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
Do you ever feel like you are somewhat incomplete? You know that feeling – that there is something you are missing – some “thing” that will make you happier or healthier or just better? The entire advertising industry is based upon this human need of ours to want the next thing that might complete us. Of course, once we get it we find out the incompleteness is still there and we start the search again.
This feeling extends to our spiritual lives as well. Paul understood this. He knew that if we are not careful, we will start looking for the next “thing” that will make us spiritual, improve our lives, and turn us into the people we think we want to be. We can indeed be “captured”, to use Pauls’ word by these ideas and our desire to be complete.
But check out Paul’s argument here.
- We are united with Christ. (He’s been making this point throughout the whole book of Colossians.)
- All of the fullness of God resides in Christ.
- Since we are united with Christ – we are united with God.
- If we are united with God then we are complete. We don’t need anything else. Especially “empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense.”
What are you going after today in a bid to find completeness? Take a few moments to think about how whatever you are seeking compares to the completeness we find in Christ. Here’s a hint: it doesn’t compare. Thanks be to God.
God help me to identify today those things I seek to complete me. Help us fully understand my completeness in Christ. And help me rest there.