See to it that there is no one who takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception in accordance with human tradition, in accordance with the elementary principles of the world, rather than in accordance with Christ.

Another worldview, on the opposite end of the spirituality spectrum, is secularism. Secularism hangs its hat on rationalism and scientifically explaining the world around us. While many Christians might oppose such an emphasis on science and materialistic explanations, we may still be inclined to focus on the present material world for meaning and significance. We might emphasize how we participate, work, and contribute to gain meaning and purpose in our lives. We can fall prey to the lie that our worth and value is determined by our roles in life, the successes we attain, or the possessions we accrue.

This is not the way of Christ and should not be the way of His followers. While Christ is very much concerned with how we experience this life in the flesh (so much so that He came to us in the flesh), He also calls us to an eternal focus. The promise and hope of eternity should determine how we live faithfully on this side of heaven. So, we must not be caught up in the empty promises and philosophies of this world. Paul warned believers against being held captive by such thinking. This kind of philosophy and deception keeps us at ground level, hanging on human abilities and thoughts. Instead, we are called to live and think in accordance with Christ.

• How is this kind of worldview opposed to a biblical worldview? Are there ways, even small ways, you see this kind of thinking at work in your life?

• How are you tempted to adopt any part of a secularist worldview? How concerned are you with what you can see, prove, and quantify when it comes to your faith and relationship with God?

• Ask the Lord to take your thoughts captive over any other influence. Pray that He would help you discern destructive thinking and empty philosophies as you engage with the world around you.