Moana And You
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ, you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him, you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." - Colossians 2:6-17 NIV "You can find happiness, right where you are." These are the final lyrics from a song in the Disney hit "Moana". If you ascribed a meaning to them, void of their context, you might spin them as a positive call to contentment. However, the true meaning; resisting change in favor of tradition, has been cloaked in these feel-good lyrics.
The song begins with this verse: "Moana, make way, make way! Moana it's time you knew The village of Motunui is All you need." See, in an attempt to keep Moana from pursuing what could truly save her people she was tempted to stay with what she knew. Even her own father attempts to dissuade her. Like Moana, the people of Colossae faced the captivity of "hollow philosophy", "human tradition" and the "spiritual forces" of their own world. These forces attempted to lead them back, or keep them in a system that taught that what they ate and drank had vital power over their eternal condition. It taught that "festivals" and "celebrations" and even "Sabbath days" (which were always a foreshadow) were more important than the genuine article, the one to whom they pointed; Jesus Christ. In the beginning Paul appeals to the Colossians to continue pursuing their Savior. He goes on to warn them of the power of human tradition as well as many other things. Next, he declares to them all the benefits of their spiritual fullness in Christ, while reinforcing their newfound freedom from sin. Finally Paul says, "don't let anyone judge you." Why? Because they had been "found" in Christ alone. No traditions required. In conclusion, when we're tempted to go back to even well-meaning traditions, we must remain focused on what truly saves us, Jesus Christ alone!
Questions to consider: Are there any well-meaning human traditions that tempt you from trusting in Christ alone? Are there people in your life trying to drag you back to your past?
Do you truly believe that Jesus + nothing = everything?