Complete In Him – Online Devotionals
There are many challenges that are faced daily. In the current culture, there are many pressures, demands, and false perceptions of what a man or woman should be. The pressures experienced can lead to feelings of inadequacy, frustrations, insecurities, fear, anger, bitterness, and wrong choices.
Multiple implications presented by the media and the culture can lead to various distractions and discontentment. The constant struggles to meet the expectations that are presented are never attainable and seem insurmountable as the world continues to place expectations on what a “perfect” man or woman should be.
In the book of Colossians, Paul addressed the saints at Colossae and warned them of the various deceptions and delusions that were presented through persuasiveness of elementary principles of this world from traditions of men rather than from Christ and the true Gospel (Colossians 2, New American Standard Bible). Just as the saints at Colossae faced various deceptions as it pertained to the true Gospel and the finished work of Christ, which made them complete in Christ, as a believer in Christ, you face persuasiveness, deceptions, and traditions of men that evoke pressures to follow elementary principles of this world rather than Christ. These types of pressures will always lead to discontentment and seeking to pursue completeness through acceptance from people, relationships, and success. As these endeavors are sought, frustration, pain, and fear may result as you will never meet the never-ending unrealistic expectations that accompany them. If you are a believer in Christ, you have been made complete in Christ, by His sacrificial work alone (Colossians 2:10, NASB). In Christ, there is completeness and it is not of your own merit but it is by grace through faith in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8, NASB). As you read various devotionals, I pray that you come to know Christ intimately and that your relationship with Christ is strengthened as you grow in learning to love God and love others.