Intro: Years ago, when our sons were in elementary school, I volunteered to be a part of the Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA). During the boy’s last year, I served as the PTA president. As I was getting ready for the new school year of leading the PTA, my father said, “Mary, you need to learn Robert’s Rules of Order if you are going to lead your team in discussion and decision-making.” Robert published his adaption of Rules from the practice of the United States Congress (but for the needs of non-legislative groups). The rules to govern meetings—adopted as parliamentary authority—were intended to help any assembly accomplish the work for which it was designed.
In our passage today, the Apostle Paul takes issue with the rules of conduct that have been demanded of Christians by false teachers. These teachers are focused on outward observances more than remaining focused on the power Christ; the followers of these leaders are not growing and getting the real work of the Kingdom done.
Hallelujah, the Old Testament law is fulfilled in Christ; he is the only one who can bring us the power to conquer our evil desires for sin and control. When we give Christ rule over our lives, he has promised to make us complete or whole in spiritual growth; he will empower us to accomplish everything he has planned for us. We must allow Christ to lead us so we accomplish the work for which ‘we’ are designed.
Colossians 2:16-23 NLT 16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. 18 Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.
Prayer: Lord, thank you there is no condemnation for all who have accepted the work of Christ for the forgiveness of sin. You have called us out of legalism and into faith. Thank you for connecting us to Christ and bringing us liberty and life, so we can pursue spiritual growth. Please continue to rule and bring divine order into our lives for the work of your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.