Summer Daily Devotional - Ephesians 6
Don't Be Fooled
Paul wrote to the church in Colossae because a group of new believers was on the verge of abandoning their faith. And it wasn’t outright denial of the Gospel they received; rather, it was a replacement with a gospel that sounded right but was dead wrong.
Cultural pressure was tempting some of them to turn away from Jesus. People with nice-sounding intentions were infiltrating their gatherings and were stirring things up by claiming additional things must be added to what Christ had already done for them. In addition to this, others were seeing Jesus as just another deity among the gods they already worshiped. Some of them wanted to get rid of Jesus entirely.
They were using the same words Paul used but with different meanings entirely. They quoted Scripture but they would take it out of context. They were encouraging distorted sexuality and destructive speech. They were trying to divide and tear down the created order God had established.
That’s why Paul prays at the beginning of his letter that they would be “filled with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” so they would not be deceived by “fine sounding arguments.
”The challenges the Colossians faced will be the same challenges we face today and the same challenges our children will face tomorrow.
The questions we need to ask are:
- This idea sounds good…is it really from God?
- What’s underlying this new idea? Is it biblical?
- Is this how the Bible defines this word? (Compassion, love, justice, fairness, etc.)
- What’s the fruit of this idea? Does it lead to unity or division? Order or Chaos?
- Does this tear something down or build something up?
- Does it exalt Christ or humans?
- In this “new” idea, is Jesus the answer or are humans the answer?
As Christians, we must weigh every new idea, every new trend, every new movement, wave, fad or craze under the scrutiny of Scripture. And as Ecclesiastes tells us, there’s nothing new under the sun. Meaning, the enemy plays the same tricks he’s been playing since the Garden: distort God’s Word, cause hate and division, bring guilt and fear, tear down God’s world.
Let’s think, discern, and act upon the Word of God. Let's not be deceived by old schemes. Let's not be wowed by new trends. Let's not promote something because it sounds nice. Let's live the real, authentic, peaceful, radical, bona fide faith the Bible calls us to in Christ, the hope of glory.