Paul’s letter to the Colossians has been described as expressing the fullness and freedom in Christ. In this verse for today, Paul is questioning the reader as to why they are still living as though they belong to the world. It seems like a rather harsh question. I wonder what behaviours he was seeing that prompted this question.
Living in our world but not being of this world has been a discussion in several church groups in which I have been a participant. We long to live firmly rooted in Christ, but the pressures and trappings of the world-jobs, families, sports-often get in the way. How many times do we find that we do not have the time that we need to devote to our faith life in our church and in our community?
Paul calls us to focus on that which is life-giving, that which grounds us in our focus on living out our faith in Christ, for he is the centre of our daily life.
Loving God, we have a fullness in our life through the gifts that you provide us every day. Help us to hold that close to us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. — MB