Sunday, January 2, 2011

Chains

Music speaks to me. I can be as dry as a bone spiritually, start singing praises, and it's like a flood overwhelming me. This is why I am often teased about getting teary during the music time at church. Sorry, folks, that's how God created me. Take it up with Him.

So this morning we were singing the song You Gave Your Life Away and we came to the lyric, "Your grace has broken every chain.". An image came to my mind of a pile of chains in a corner of a room. I saw myself walk towards the chains, slump down against the wall and slowly wrap them back around myself. A lock lay by my feet and I leaned over, picked it up, and connected the chains right over my heart. I placed the key in my pocket and then began to cry over my sorry state.

Yeah, maybe it's weird to have storylines occurring in your brain at a moment's notice. Again, that's how God created me. Take it up with Him. Spend a little time with me, you'll probably have a list. 

But the truth of the visual hit me. I am always amazed at how dark my heart can be, the sin I find myself trapped in, when His grace has broken every chain. The key is in my pocket because I'm the one placing myself back in bondage. Christ has already freed me, and I need to unlock my heart, drop those chains, and start living in the freedom He provides.  Anyone still looking for a New Year's resolution?  How 'bout this- let's walk in the freedom already provided.

"Your grace has broken every chain, my sins are gone, my debts been paid.
You gave, You gave Your life away for me. 
For me." 

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