UST because we are free from the judgmental oppression of those who would be religious dictators among us (see Colossians 2), we are not free from judging ourselves (1st Corinthians 11:31-32). And, we are not free from the standards of God and of His word. He is our Judge. We will stand before Him to answer for the deeds we have done (as well as the words we have said and the thoughts we have entertained) here below. This chapter closes with a salient summary in this regard, "Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ. But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no respect of persons" (Colossians 3:23-25). So, while we are free, there are still certain obligations and expectations which we must consider. One way we could look at our freedom would be to say that we have been freed from this world in order to be connected to the next. That is, the things below (earthly, material, secular, and temporary) have no more hold on us. We can now focus on things above (heavenly, immaterial, spiritual and eternal) - see Colossians 3:1-2.