This week we focus on the fact that the Deep Life is like a Journey. Everyone is somewhere on their spiritual journey. Our key text for this week is Colossians 2:6-7. (see more on Colossians here). We looked at this text during the summer. Here it is annotated:
Do you see how there are two seemingly opposite forces working here? On the one hand, we receive Jesus and are rooted and built up. These are seemingly passive activities that are done to and for us. Then, on the other hand, we are told to “continue to walk around (live your lives) in him.” We are clearly the active agent in our own walking.
We see this dual agency again in another of Paul’s letters:
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12–13)
Work out your salvation, for it is God at work in you. Wait, what? Who’s working: us or God?
A Deep Life is one that realizes two important things:
- First, God loves you, created you, sustains you, and continually works to bring about the new creation in all things. This is God’s creation and God’s mission.
- Second, we are invited and expected to participate in God’s activity in this creation. Our lives are a continual journey of growth and maturity.
Just because our “salvation” is a gift doesn’t mean we sit around and do nothing. Our life is a gift–we didn’t ask to be born–but if we just sit around and do nothing, then we will be weak and die.
One of the goals of A Deep Life series is to introduce us to basic tools and practices that will help us take the next step in our spiritual journey. Check out this resource page for the things Easter is offering this fall.
If you are interested in the phases of the journey I invite you to meditate on the images below and read this article.