Sometimes I’ll write notes as I study a passage from the Bible, trying to capture my thoughts as they are fresh. No one sees these notes. They wouldn’t be able to read them. And often I don’t know what I meant, either.
Earlier this week, I was working through part of a letter Paul wrote to a group of people in the small city of Colosse. I wrote a mind map of one section, and moved on to two other sections. I had every intent to go back and study them more, expanding on whatever it was I had written.
A couple days later, it was time to prepare. I looked at what I had written. My own question pierced my heart.
“What should we devote our freedom to?”
At the beginning of Colossians 3, Paul says “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Paul is painting a picture of people, once dead, being given life. Not zombie undeadness, but life like that of Jesus who walked around, ate fish, talked and argued and taught and fixed breakfast. And these people have options for how to live now. Since the previous approach didn’t end well, we can assume that they will try something new. Because they can. There is a freedom from being dead.
And that’s where my question comes: “What should we devote our freedom to?”
Paul suggests that we set our hearts and minds, our passion and intellect, our worry and doubt, on understanding what it means that Jesus, once dead, is sitting next to God. And what it might mean that our life, eventually, will be somehow there.
I don’t understand it. But I think I’m free to reflect on it.