This passage in Colossians is filled with words that we don’t seem to like to hear or use anymore; words like “submit” and “obey.” We read those and perhaps instinctively our backs go up, and we tell ourselves that God can’t really mean that, not in this day and age when people are busy being themselves and doing their own thing. How do commandments of obedience and submission fit into today’s world?
I believe the answer lies in verses 23 and 24. It’s not about words, it’s about relationships, with the Lord and with each other. Times have changed, but we still want to be treated with dignity, and we all hope that honesty and integrity never go out of style. We can also remember that it was the ultimate in submission and obedience that led Jesus to the cross to save us.
If we stop worrying about our own pride and focus on the kinds of relationships that God wants us to have, we may just find that these words have a place for us today, too.
Dear Lord, I want my words and actions to show you to others. Amen. — DLG