New Way to Walk
Daily Reading: This morning, we’re reading Colossians 2. Start there, then read this devotion that will tie in with what you’ve read.
Disclaimer: I reserve the right to keep this devotion short. I was present while my wife did the really hard work of birthing a child yesterday. So I’m exhausted.
Do you ever worry that we might just be all together missing it? Like, God meant for us to be doing one things and we just decided to do our own. Do you ever feel like we might be so bought into patterns, cliches, and unbiblical traditions that we are failing to walk out true, biblical, historic, God honoring Christianity? Can I be honest? If you haven’t worried about this, you’re worrying about the wrong stuff.
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
– Colossians 2:6–8 ESV
Paul wouldn’t tell us to “walk in him” if we just naturally went on this trajectory after receiving Christ. He wouldn’t warn us of captivating philosophies and empty deceit if there wasn’t a real danger. You don’t have to be a Christian for long to know that our tendency to wander is great. The words of the old hymn resonate in a haunting way, “prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.”
Jesus Christ died that we might have life, rose again, and commissioned us as the church with a mission. He even gave us a book to spell out how to be the church. Yet it seems like we’re always looking for something other than the wonders of his grace to satisfy our need for entertainment. Something cleaner than his model for the church to satisfy our social desires. Even something more interesting than his work on the cross to attract people to our churches.
If Jesus is who he says he is, can we not just walk in his ways? If you rightly claim salvation, that means you have received Jesus as Lord. Let’s walk in that. Simple obedience. “here’s my heart Lord, take a seal it, seal it for my courts above.” My prayer for you (and me) this morning is that we might learn the joy of simple obedience. Nothing flashy. Nothing extra. Just a Jesus centered, bible believing, passion for the kingdom. What a life a joy, knowing you walking in Jesus Christ.