by Christina Farris
Colossians 2:1-23 KJV
1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
I will be getting rid of the yoke of bondage of traditions of man. My card section will remain, but truth is during Bible reading we getting rid of these traditions of man. Traditions are fun and even thought provoking, but they can weigh one down. It can become a strange type of legalism. It could even in extreme become a type of god of its own. How many times things we observe and celebrate in life and career have given burdens to the church, because in truth what really matters is the Gospel of Christ. Though fun traditions of both man and church can be fun celebration and reminders of faith and even maybe even help with directions in life, it not more important then those reminders of scripture that reminds us of why one has chosen the path of Christ in one’s life.
The importance of the path of scripture is to remind us of God’s work in our life. To be hid in the treasures of God’s word in our life. To claim the treasure being God in our life being more valuable then the traditions and observance of mankind. To grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God, laying aside the burden of deadworks or traditions, and sin. Do traditions and honor have anything to do with traditions of Christ. Will Christ even observed the traditions of the Jewish people. Festivals, events, and honor of people can be of value to the passing of time, but they are not of value when it comes to study of God’s word beyond helping of the passing of time and to know that these events are important to people.
Observations of time, have no value beyond this earth. In fact they have nothing to do with the relation one has in Christ. To build the foundation and relation with Christ in one’s own life, one must lay it with the foundation of Christ and learning to walk by the Spirit of faith. Most Churches or Christians have no issue of traditions, but unless they are reminder of faith and the building up of faith, they have no value. It is deadworks of man. They are important to man but not to the building up of the church. Traditions often speak the language of the world Why because the world celebrates and gives honor to days of observation. It is something the world unites on but it not something people of faith necessarily unite on. If the church world is going to only observe traditions of their own church, group, or world it can become a divider and not a builder of truth, faith, hope, and love.
Let us lay aside the traditions and things that have no value but lets build a foundation of faith,hope and love. To honor God with the heart through worship and obedience of faith. To learn to ask God for wisdom and understanding of His word only He can give. To allow Him to build the church has He designs by the fruit of the Spirit and walking by faith.
Dear Heavenly Father, may your word reign in our hearts more then our traditions. May your word teach us obedience to your Spirit through love, hope and faith. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scriptural Study for Devotions:
Galatians 4:9-10 KJV
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.