Who provides your identity? Col 2:8-10

I work with high school and college students a lot. I just graduated from college myself. I also work as a barista around a lot of college students. Everybody it seems has a sense of self that is entirely determined by entities that are not concerned about their well-being. They seek wholeness and identity in products.

For instance, I know people whose entire aim is to fit better into the local gay culture. I know people who desire to be accepted by abusive significant others by buying expensive diet product. I know people who actually try to find wholeness in the product itself, identifying themselves by the name on their shoes, pants, or hats. Identity comes from schools attended, favorite drinks, favorite fast food, favorite TV show.

The problem is that none of these entities, or principalities even care about the individual involved, this goes for Christians and non-Christians. Starbucks does not give a rip about the thousands of employees about to be fired so that executives can have better Beamers or Personal Jets. The local gay culture will get by when my friend involved in it dies or moves away, the shows people spend their lives watching will not care for them when they're lonely or persecuted.

For Paul's Colossian audience somebody thought they could peddle a way of being human that was somehow superior to that of being in Christ. The problem was that the manner being peddled was about made up at the least principalities and philosophies as better ways, or about hostile spiritual powers as better ways than Christ. Paul lays out the trump card for the Colossians and for those of us today who want to find ourselves in something better than Jesus.


Beware lest anyone captures you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are completed in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
(Col 2:8-10)

We have our completeness or fullness in Christ, in whom is God in all his fullness. He is the same one who died for our sakes. His interest in us is genuine, wise, just, and trustworthy. May we always find our identity in Christ as determined by the God who chooses us, this is the only sane option.

Geoff has agreed to guest blog periodically here at theologer.com he blogs at The Faceless Name