COLOSSIANS 2:2-3: “I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” NLT
OBSERVATION: What is the greatest quest of life? Is it to achieve success and fame? Is it to earn scholastic degrees? Is it to grow a church to a membership of thousands? Is it to write a book that becomes a best-seller, or record music that is sung in every home and church?
THE GREATEST QUEST OF LIFE IS KNOWING CHRIST!
Paul is emphatic when he exhorts the Colossians. He says, “I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ Himself.”. Take a moment to meditate on that statement. If God’s plan from the ages, the one that He is now unveiling to the world, is Christ alone, then why do we so often get sidetracked onto tangents?
I will never forget the time I attended a Billy Graham Crusade. Billy Graham was coming to San Antonio, Texas, and was holding a crusade in the Alamodome. A colleague and I decided to go to hear him, as he was getting up in years, and we did not know how long he would be able to do these crusades. So, with anticipation, we went to the Alamodome.
The music was wonderful. The auditorium was packed full. The only seats we could find were at the top of the auditorium. When Billy Graham came to the platform everyone applauded. Yet, what they saw was not someone who had sat with Presidents and world leaders, or written countless books and made appearances on radio and television. What everyone saw was a humble servant of Christ that came to share the Gospel.
And for the next 30-45 minutes, Billy Graham did exactly that. He preached the Gospel. He proclaimed Jesus. He did this with such sincerity and enthusiasm you would think that you were listening to someone who had just been saved. The Gospel came alive. Jesus was proclaimed and glorified. And, when the altar call was given, thousands streamed down the isles to receive prayer and commit their lives to Jesus Christ.
Where do we lose our simple childlike desire to know Jesus? We are called to know Him and grow in Him. Yet, we are so often led off the path of this simple devotion by the “next great thing!”. The book of Colossians is our reminder that our quest in life is Christ alone. Why is that?
- “In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
We are so eager to buy the latest book that proclaims some new teaching that will transform our life. All the while we forget that it is Christ alone. In Him are all God’s treasures of wisdom and knowledge. They are not found outside of Christ. They are not found in a personality or healing evangelist. They are not found in an organization or denomination.
THEY ARE FOUND IN CHRIST ALONE!
Listen to Paul’s continuing advice to the Colossian believers.
- “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” Colossians 2:8-10 NLT
Every cult, every deception, begins with empty philosophies and high-sounding wisdom. Beware of those who claim to have a new revelation that no one has heard before. Where do these ideas come from? They come from human thinking and the spiritual powers of this world – rather than from Christ. How do we test the spirits? How do we know if someone is speaking the truth?
- “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.” 1 John 4:1-3 NLT
A true servant of God will always focus on Jesus Christ. He will always proclaim His life, death, and resurrection. He will not draw attention to himself. He will always give glory to Jesus Christ and God the Father. And, he will make his life’s quest to grow in His knowledge of Jesus Christ!
Am I in love with Jesus Christ? Am I seeking Him so that I can discover all the treasures of God’s wisdom and knowledge? Am I excited when I hear the simple message of the Gospel? Is Christ the center of everything in my life? Am I anchored in Him, growing in Him, and telling others about Him?
Paul gives the Colossians another exhortation.
- “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 NLT
Heavenly Father, help me to focus on Christ alone. Help me to fall in love with Jesus all over again. Restore my first love and give me the grace to make knowing Christ my life’s quest. Help my roots grow down into Him and my life to be built on Him!
Let Jesus be my all in all!
In Jesus Name!