What do the image, left, and Colossians 2:1-5 have in common?
Paul says, “Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”. The Colossians needed to understand the riches they had in Christ. Their view of Jesus had shrunk and this made them vulnerable to suggestions that their faith needed supplementing. For them Jesus had become quite ordinary. But by praying and proclaiming Christ, Paul shows them the hidden treasures found only in Jesus. They actually had all they ever needed.
We heard the story of a poor man in Africa who lived by a river. After some time he discovered there were diamonds in the river bed, and he looked nowhere else. When greedy land owners tried to buy his land for a song, he turned them away. Even though his land looked worthless, he understood the worth of what he had.
We prayed we would also see what we have. In Christ we are rich and do not need to add mystical experiences, speaking in tongues, religious ceremonies, approval by influential church leaders, etc.
The clearer we see the treasures in Christ the safer we are from being pulled away from Him.