This past Sunday, I used the movie Pinocchio to talk about sin in the life of the Christian. I shared that we are all created in the image of God, and that we have a God-placed yearning to want more than what this world offers (see the story about Jesus and the woman at the well, found in John chapter 4).
I then went on to say that, despite our freedom in Christ, we often choose to put “strings” on our lives and allow these strings to control us – these strings are called sin. Like Pinocchio, we know we were made for something better (in his case he longed to be a real boy) but we chase after things that are not of God, and we allow these things to control us.
Colossians 2:6-15 is very clear in teaching us that we are responsible for not allowing these strings of sin to control us, and we must cut the strings of sin in our life in order to have the real life found in Jesus.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.Colossians 2:8
A few years ago I read a revealing blog post by Stephen Altrogge, who has been one of my favorite bloggers for a long time. Stephen’s post about the lies that we believe about the sin in our life is short, to the point, and absolutely spot-on. Read his post, and see if you can relate to any of these lies in your own life…