Strings

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“I’ve got no strings
To hold me down
To make me fret, or make me frown
I had strings
But now I’m free
There are no strings on me

I’ve got no strings
So I have fun
I’m not tied up to anyone
They’ve got strings
But you can see
There are no strings on me”

Pinnochio was so excited to be a real boy. He was so happy to no longer be controlled by the strings that were attached to him. He felt fun and fancy-free.

Although Christ has freed us from the bondage of sin and renewed us to our true identity in Him, I wonder if there are some strings that are meant to be left attached. The strings that attach us to God can so easily be confused as weakness or bondage.

We feel so liberated when we become free from sin, but then our pride gets in the way and convinces us that we’ve got it all under control on our own. It whispers in our ear “break free, have fun, you’re strong enough to do it by yourself”.

God definitely doesn’t want us to be locked in a cage, especially to sin, but He also wants us to remember that without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). He wants us to never forget that any strength, any talent, anything good comes directly from His spirit that dwells in us.

“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18 NIV)

“But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light.” (James 1:17a TLB)

Every time I try and take the credit for something, I am forgetting that it is actually God who gave it to me. My talents, my personality, my faith – it all comes out of me, but from the Holy Spirit.

When I try in my own efforts to do better, when I try in my own strength to resist temptation, when I stop letting God be my enough and start trying to accomplish things for Him, I am living under a facade of freedom – no strings, not tied to anyone. I would be much better off a weak puppet, strings attached to God, allowing Him to produce through me because that is where true freedom is found.

Strings of sin are worth cutting off, but the strings that attach us to God – the ones where we can be weak because His strength will keep us afloat, the ones where we don’t have to try, but simply abide and allow Him to transfer His fruit to our souls – those strings shouldn’t be messed with.

“For in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28a NIV)

I think our freedom song should sound less like Pinocchio’s and more like this:

“I’ve got no sin
To hold me down
To make me fret, or make me frown
I had sin
But now I’m free
He took the sin from me

I’ve got God-strings
So I have fruit
I stay tied to the Vine, do you?
The strings provide
a strength in me
God-strings proclaim I’m free.”

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