I was reading in Colossians this morning and it was Paul’s use of the word “mystery” that captured my attention.
“At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison…” Colossians 4:3
Here’s Webster’s dictionary definition of a religious mystery: truth that one can know only by revelation and cannot fully understand.
Paul’s life and perspective was forever changed one day on the road to Damascus. A mystery was revealed to him and he could never go back to before. He couldn’t un-see what he saw. He couldn’t un-experience what he experienced. In an instant, his eyes were opened to the Truth of Christ. The path he was originally on (the one he thought was correct) was no longer an option for him. His feet and his heart were now firmly planted on another path.
Mysteries: They can drive us nuts and intrigue us all at the same time, can’t they? And yet, a mystery compels our hearts and feet forward to find answers. Just think about the simple mystery of losing your car keys or your phone. We become relentless in our pursuits to make that which is hidden…visible.
A mystery keeps us on the edge of our seats. A mystery keeps us alert and attentive.
Paul talks about this mystery on several different occasions in scripture.
“Listen! I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed,” 1 Corinthians 15:51
“On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, a wisdom God predestined before the ages for our glory.” 1 Corinthians 2:7
“He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him” Eph 1:9
“Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.” Eph 6:19
I love that there is mystery surrounding this quest we are on for knowing and understanding Jesus Christ. I love that it takes “detective” work to uncover the mystery of who He is. I love that the mystery is “revealed” as we commit to journeying with Him through all the questions. I love that open and receptive hearts is the only key required to unlocking the mystery.
The door opens. His light pours in and, like Paul, our feet our forever placed on a different path.