I remember when I first got interested in playing basketball as a kid; this was when Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan were leading stars. I struggled at it until I realized I should focus on learning the basics, instead of wishing I was Magic Johnson. The more I play a simple game using basic techniques, the better I will be, and the closer I will get to my big big big dream of becoming Magic Johnson.
To be an expert at anything, it is wise to start simple, it is wise to start from the basic step. It is the same with the Christian faith – there is a basic starting point. In the book of Colossians, Apostle Paul helps us to focus on the basics of our faith.
The Colossian Church had many preachers; some told them to be like Jews, to be good Christians; others told them they needed special knowledge from angels to be good Christians; a third group of preachers told them they must avoid all pleasure to be good Christians; see Colossians 2:16-23 where Paul lists these problems.
Paul instead preaches in Colossians 3:1-2 (Message Bible): “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.”
Basic Christianity is seeing things from Jesus mindset or perspective. How do we get to know Jesus mindset – we learn it first from the Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). The many stories of Jesus are not to entertain but to help us understand Jesus because this is the basic first step in Christianity.
Lord, in Colossians Chapter 1 to Chapter 2 verse 15, Paul teaches the Colossians about Jesus, as a solution to Christian identity crises; Lord, we also need this understanding too – help us to know Jesus, Amen!