What is ruling you–Is it your desire to be Like Christ, or is it the pressures and checklists of the world, Church and influences in your life? In the early Church, there were incredible pressures to conform to Jewish tradition as well as countervailing pressures not to abandon the community practices and feasts. For the early gentile Christian, their were pressure from every side. Paul knew that to be the case in Colossae. He broke it down to its most basic part–You are free to simply follow Christ. All the pressures from church, community and influences in your life, while attractive on the surface-are really nothing more than a show and are virtually impossible to keep. You do not need them, you simply need to follow Christ.
Well 2014 is not much different. We feel the pressures from Church, Media, friends and family and all influences to conform to various standards and beliefs. From what we watch, what we celebrate, what we wear and even what we eat are subject to criticism now as in the early church. Well, Just as then God says–let it go! Simply follow him and seek to be like him. We will differ on things we think critical–but, we have to focus on following him and doing it closely. If we do, those differences will seem small and he will seem the most important. So, as Elsa sang in Frozen–Let it Go!
God Bless You
20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.