Verse 8 of this passage really struck me. "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ." The word "captive" cinched this for me.
Because that is exactly what living in today's world is like. To fall prey to all the flash, the drive, the promise of fame and fortune is to fall captive to something that is not of Christ. Paul is telling us to live beyond this world of "deceptive philosophy". Instead, we are to live "alive with Christ" and not in the shadows of any form of earthly judgment.
But, let's face it - that's hard. Today's life reminds me of the old cartoon, the Jetsons. Our daily life follows a routine that is surely not one from heaven. Remember the morning routine at the Jetsons' house? Remember how George Jetson would get into his hover craft and get into the line of traffic? His day was always predictable, at least in terms of what would happen when (and even that he would surely get in trouble at some point). Paul is telling us not to live such a life with our head in the day-to-day secular world, getting lost in the shoulds, the shouldn'ts, the haves and the have-nots.
But, it is also true today what Paul writes: People who delight in false humility go into great detail about what they have seen, about their daily lives, their exploits and such to give them such great importance. They set out to prove that they are doing the "right" thing as measured by today's society.
We are not connected to those who are so disconnected from God. As Paul says, we no longer belong to this world. We are not part of the false humility, the self-imposed worship of lesser "gods".
We are alive with Christ. He cancelled our debt which stood between us and God so that we may be one with God. There is no need to surrender, to be captive to today's earthly definitions of peace and hope. We have something much better - eternal life.
listen to Colossians 2: