Repent of Your Superstitions
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ…If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” Colossians 2:8, 20-23
We see it all around us. Superstitions. It’s why people change their phone numbers when they’re assigned an “unlucky” one. It’s why black cats are left unadopted and filling up animal shelters. Sinful, human beings recognize there is a spiritual realm, and instead of looking to the only place truth can be found, they look to irreverent, silly myths to find direction and guidance. Even Christians do this, too.
Do you ever feel like you’re bound to have a cursed day because you forgot to read your devotional one morning? Do you ever fear your week is doomed because you couldn’t make church on Sunday? This is what it looks like to be a superstitious Christian…outwardly religious but only because you worry God operates like karma. What an exhausting life to live!
Sisters, if your heart trusts in Christ, you have died to the elemental spirits of the world. You have been raised with Christ and made a new creation! So then, walk in Him. In Him, you have true freedom available. In the Gospel, we aren’t given a list of superstitions to follow, rather, we are presented with the person and work of Jesus Christ, who washes us clean of sin and sets us free.
We follow Christ not because He is our good luck charm…He is so much better than that! We follow Him because He’s worthy, not because He promises to spare us a bad day if we avoid black cats, walking under ladders, and spilling salt.
Lord, forgive me for the many times I’ve sought superstitions to make me feel safe. Only You can provide true security. Thank You for providing Your Son to die on my behalf and for raising Him in victory over death, over human precepts and teachings, and over all of our made up superstitions, so we may have eternal life. Help me to put off my old self and all of its deceitful desires, and put on my new self, created in the image of God. Keep my eyes fixed on Jesus as my only security in life and death. Amen.
Memorize Ephesians 4:22-24.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.