How easy it is to diminish – in our minds – what we really have in Jesus Christ. The Bible says that in Christ are hidden “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” With the passing of time, you could be deceived into thinking there is wisdom and knowledge apart from Him. Many people are falling prey to “plausible arguments” that deceive them into thinking there is wisdom and knowledge apart from Jesus Christ. In so doing, many are ruining their lives – and they don’t even realize it.

Colossians 2:1-4 speaks to this:

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.

Many people are in the process of ruining their lives – and they don’t even realize it while it is happening. I see this, especially, among young people who grow up in church. They come from “Christian” homes. They were taught the Bible. But somewhere along the way they did not understand that Christianity is not about memorizing Bible verses or being involved in a youth group or church functions. They were not taught about falling in love – and being in love – with Jesus Christ. Eventually, they begin to hear “plausible arguments” and they drift from God. Not quickly. This usually happens over a long time that becomes increasingly painful. Why painful? Because whenever we seek wisdom and knowledge apart from Christ – in whom all such things are embodied – we are seeking in the wrong place. Such searches are not only a waste of time, but also of life.

The truth is, many people start off tasting and seeing that God is good – but they forget how good He really is. They wander. They search for what can only be found in Jesus Christ . . .

Remember Eve? She looked for wisdom and knowledge apart from God (Genesis 3). Adam followed suit. To this day, the whole world is paying a catastrophic price for his epic decision. The truth is, many people start off tasting and seeing that God is good – but they forget how good He really is. They wander. They search for what can only be found in Jesus Christ . . . and end up living a life that falls far short of what it could have been, and would have been, if Jesus were truly the center of their affections.

They were not taught about falling in love – and being in love – with Jesus Christ.

Be exceedingly on guard for “plausible arguments” that seem to offer knowledge and wisdom apart from Jesus Christ. Your caution should be marked with a daily diligence as if your life depends upon it. It does. You must take captive thoughts and attitudes, things you see and hear – everything must fall under the scrutiny of whether or not it promises to deliver wisdom and knowledge without Christ. Promises to the contrary are empty – but they are far more than this. They are devilish, deceptive and disastrous.

Have you been deluded into thinking there is wisdom and knowledge apart from Jesus Christ? Is there something or someone other than Jesus who is getting your affection these days? If so, it’s a clear sign that you have indeed been deluded. The remedy is found in returning to Christ – and in so doing, you get everything you really want and need.

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to info@couragematters.com. , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact info@couragematters.com.
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