2017-05-25 - Avoid Deception
Colossians 2:4-5 I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. 5 For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
From Paul's letter to the church at Colossae - were to hold fast to the things they had been taught and they learned from study. This way they would not be tricked into following something that, while it sounded good, was a cleaver deception.
There are those who are able to present an idea or product like it is going to change your life. It will correct your weight, your finances, your eyesight, your job or the lack thereof. The same is true in Paul's day. We are bombarded by a dozen different sources of information a day. Some are trustworthy, while others are less so.
Choose carefully to whom you listen. Be the trustworthy source for someone else.
Look at Matthew 10:16-17 - Jesus warned His disciples being sent out to be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda] (AMP). The same is true for us today. A thousand different voices rail against Christianity and Christians. Speak the truth without looking for honor or reward in the process.
The reward we should long for is the day we kneel before Jesus and He says to us, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Matt 25:21-23
Lord Jesus - Give us Your words to speak when we are given the opportunity to tell of Your good news. Help us be gentle and wise in those moments. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.