16 So don’t let anyone judge you about eating or drinking or about a festival, a new moon observance, or sabbaths. 17 These religious practices are only a shadow of what was coming—the body that cast the shadow is Christ. 18 Don’t let anyone who wants to practice harsh self-denial and worship angels rob you of the prize. They go into detail about what they have seen in visions and have become unjustifiably arrogant by their selfish way of thinking. 19 They don’t stay connected to the head. The head nourishes and supports the whole body through the joints and ligaments, so the body grows with a growth that is from God. 20 If you died with Christ to the way the world thinks and acts, why do you submit to rules and regulations as though you were living in the world? 21 “Don’t handle!” “Don’t taste!” “Don’t touch!” 22 All these things cease to exist when they are used. Such rules are human commandments and teachings. 23 They look like they are wise with this self-made religion and their self-denial by the harsh treatment of the body, but they are no help against indulging in selfish immoral behavior. (Colossians 2:16-23, CEB)
Human rules do not help you over come your selfish immoral behavior.
Only God and being who God created you to be can help you live the life that God intended for you. You can not let others tell you how to live or what to do, only God can do that. Human rules only get in the way of our loving God and God’s creation.
So know that you have died with Christ and the world no longer controls your life, but your life is in the hands of Christ. Live as Christ intended for you to live and share the love that Christ has given to you.