We’ve been digging into the book of Colossians, and in the second chapter, we come to the real crux of the problem with the believers this letter specifically addresses. They needed to grow up!
And isn’t that what we all need?
I want to grow up, to function as a spiritually mature believer, but personal spiritual growth isn’t as easy as you might think.
Becoming a beautiful fierce warrior for Christ doesn’t just happen.
Maybe you’ve known Jesus since childhood, and now you’re plugged into a biblical and healthy church, but if you’ve only plopped into the pew and are waiting for the miracle of maturity to descend, I can tell you—it won’t be happenin’!
To think we can reach spiritual maturity by just waiting for it to take place, is about as silly as wanting to travel from Arkansas to Michigan by just sitting in a parked car. If I get in the car (salvation/conversion) and just wait—I’m in the driver’s seat, have my map (and a GPS!), full tank of gas, I’m really excited, lots of desire—but I never turn the key or back out of my drive (do the hard work of actually driving the car toward my destination) I will never make it to Michigan!
I remember, as a young woman with a passion for Christ—so wanting to be conformed to His image, to look like Christ—but continually being discouraged by my consistent failure. My harsh tones, angry outbursts, petty immaturity, selfishness, self-pity, and general all around ugliness indicated I was not growing into the beautiful warrior for Christ I so desired to be.
It took awhile, but eventually I learned that . . .
Sincere desire is not enough—I need something greater than desire, I need to cling to Christ, hold fast to Him! That’s one of the problems in the church at Colossae, they were attempting to add unbiblical things to their spiritual growth process. They thought they could add pagan rituals and rigorous requirements to their Christianity.
Basically, growing up will only happen when we’re “holding fast to the Head,” when we’re clinging to Christ.
The Colossian believers were attempting to hold onto pagan beliefs rather than holding onto Christ . . . and that is why some were “shifting from the hope of the gospel.” (Col. 1:23)
Have you done that?
Join me in studying Colossians 2 by reading it again and answering these questions:
- Verses 16–23 contain a large portion of instruction from Paul that relates directly to the false teachings and religious requirements that the Colossian believers were struggling with. Although you may not relate to the specifics, what principles can you glean from Paul’s instructions?
- Verse 19 holds the key for the Colossian believers, and for us, in protecting us from theological error. (The word that is translated “head” is the same word that we saw in Col. 1:18 and 2:10.) What is the key for our protection that we find in v. 19? How are you doing this?
- Put this chapter into a simple 4 or 5 point outline. Your Bible may have paragraph headings that will help you with this, but it is best to develop your own outline or headings in your own words. Remember, you want to “own” this book when you’re finished studying it!
- What principles for your life have you gleaned from Chapter 2?
- Were there any concepts that you found difficult to understand?
- Were there any verses that you found personally convicting?
- What did you find in this chapter that was personally motivating?
- Record things that you personally appreciate about God because of what you see Him doing in this passage or characteristics of His that are revealed.
I’ve given you a lot today! But I hope you’ll take a few questions today, tomorrow, and over the weekend as you finish up your study of chapter 2. We’ll dive into chapter 3 on Monday!
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