Reality The Colossian church, however, was beginning to move in the direction of religious rules and rituals. Paul warns them hoping to stop them in their tracks before it’s too late. Jesus Christ is the ultimate reality. Don’t get distracted by things that simply look or sound religious.
“Familiarity breeds contempt” says the proverb. Turns out, according to a recent study , that on average, we like other people less the more we know about them. Familiarity really does breed contempt. Sometimes our familiarity with Jesus can make even Him seem less interesting, but in that case the fault is really our own.
Our family likes to play the game Balderdash. The idea is that you are given a word or a movie title or a name and you have to make up a definition for the word, or say what the movie is about, or tell who the person is. The world plays Balderdash with Jesus. People make things up about Him, but these fictional versions of Jesus are unworthy of our worship. If Jesus is really God incarnate, then our failure to acknowledge that might have eternal consequences. Today’s passage intends to clear this up.
Paul didn’t know the Colossian church personally. Still, Paul takes the time to write to them and, as we’ll see, he takes the time to pray for them. In so doing he sets an example for us to follow. We don’t want to get stuck in the rut of thinking that the only things worth praying about are the things that matter directly to us.