One of the reasons many people aren’t interested in Jesus is because they see people trapped by religion. People who seem addicted to spiritual activity or rules who practice religion in a way that bugs everyone around them. People who restrain themselves with incredible discipline yet lack real peace, joy, impact and sometime humility in their lives.
They see people who have fallen in spiritual traps and they instinctively know they don’t want that for themselves. Who would!!
Recognizing these traps is one thing, avoiding them is even better! Colossians 2:16-23 shows us three timeless spiritual traps that steal freedom and kill joy. These traps deceive by sending us down a road that will never lead to the deep peace of Christ. See which one is most likely to trip you up and make plans to avoid it.
#1 Avoid the Better Rules Trap.
Everyone hopes for a great life. We look different places and try different things searching to make that a reality. We drop some things right away discovering they weren’t what we thought. Other things seem good for a while but then either fade in effectiveness or turn on us.
Life seems like an unsolvable puzzle with the nagging sense that it is supposed to be better.
As a Jesus follower of nearly 45 years, I believe the centering my life on Jesus has hacked life’s puzzle. Jesus is Your Best Hope of a Secure & Significant Life. Why should anyone center their life on Jesus? Let me share some big reasons why.
What does it look like when a life is centered on Jesus? When a family is centered on Jesus? When a church is centered on Jesus? Why should we center on Jesus? How do we go about it? These are core questions God answers in the letter to the Colossian church.
There are such wide differences between groups that claim to be Christian churches that sometimes you wonder if they can really be the same thing?
Can you think of anything timelier for the American church? There are such wide differences between groups that claim to be Christian churches that sometimes you wonder if they can really be the same thing? We are not responsible for all of them We are responsible for the one we share life with. So, I invite you to dig in with me the next few weeks as we refocus ourselves on what Jesus wants of us as a family of His followers. Here is how we kicked things off:
Jesus Centered Means: Continually Deepening Your Understanding of What God Wants.
Our hearts have been polluted by darkness. As a result our gut instinct often points the wrong direction. The good news is God seeks to fill Jesus’ followers with His wisdom. The Bible calls Jesus the light of the world who came to lead us out of darkness. He does this by revealing the truth about our Creator & the life He intended for us.