Tuesday, May 2 – Colossians 2:8
See to it that there is no one who takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception in accordance with human tradition, in accordance with the elementary principles of the world, rather than in accordance with Christ.
We tend to listen to some people more than others. Children often listen to and believe the advice and words of their friends. Their parents may be trustworthy and have a good relationship with them, but at times something compels children to listen to their friends instead of their parents. Sometimes it is a matter of peer pressure, and other times the advice of a friend fits the child’s desires more.
Adults pride ourselves on being able to discern what is right or wrong, but when we read this passage, we see that we are often no different than children using faulty logic to make decisions. Sometimes the influence of others impacts us before we realize it. There may be a root of truth that compels us or even a tradition we value that convinces us of what is best, but those things are not supposed to guide us. When we follow Jesus, He guides us in all things and gives us purpose for major life decisions and everyday choices. Other voices may sound better, easier, or more compelling, but they will never fill the void we have for Christ and His purpose for our lives.
- What are some different pieces of advice that have led you astray?
- How can you discern if a piece of advice aligns with Christ and His purpose for you?
- Pray and ask God to grow your discernment about what aligns with His design for your life.