Colossians 2:6-23 Preview: Watch out!


Once you become a mom, you see accidents everywhere…even before they happen.

Brendon, our grandson, was a climber. He mastered the stairs at nine months on a visit to our house. When he got back home, his mom and dad had to buy a set of gates to keep him from tumbling down the basement stairs.

But that didn’t stop him from climbing.

He loved to push buttons, too, so it wasn’t long before he’d arranged a stack of books and climbed them to reach the TV power switch. Off…on….off…on…off…on, he happily pushed away as he teetered on the top book. “Brendon, watch out!!” Rachel ran and caught him just as he toppled.

Once he’s old enough to understand she’ll start saying, “Why did you do that?!”

Three “watch out’s” and a “why”. When you love someone, you have to warn them of danger. That’s what Paul is doing in our next section of Colossians. Like the mother of a young child he sees danger ahead, and sees them wandering into it. They are too young in Christ to see the potential for harm. They think they’re going to become better Christians, when in fact they are taking a step away from Jesus.

So Paul warns them, three times telling them to “watch out!” (Colossians 2:8, 16, 18) Then he asks the question every mother asks, “Why would you want to do that?” (Colossians 2:20)

His warnings show that he cares. The fact that these words have been preserved for us shows that God cares. Which warning is the one you and I need today?

Rooted plants don’t topple over. Paul doesn’t just warn, he instructs. Our key verses are part of this week’s study.

Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7

Sending our roots deeper into Christ is the key to all growth in the Christian life. After each warning, Paul teaches the Colossians, and us, more about him. These truths form the soil of our life in Christ. Let’s go deeper into him together.

That’s the road map for our next section. Your study guide will help you fill in the details.

Have a blessed week!

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