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I love windchimes! My grandma apparently does too, because she has hung several varieties of windchimes here and there around her backyard. I can’t resist the insatiable craving to set them all in motion whenever I walk by, just to hear the music that thrills every particle of me–the sing-song rasp from the big brown one swinging in the guava tree, the cheerful chuckle from the chimes in the trellis, the treble tinkle of the midget in the garden.

But there is one sadness in their song– that it will be still again when my hand ceases to move them. If I do not set those windchimes a-swing, and if the breeze decides to take a holiday, they cannot make their music. They hang lifeless, useless, soundless. They cannot fulfill the purpose for which they were crafted.

The human soul is like a windchime.

We are all created by God for a purpose–the primary one being to bring pleasure and glory to Him (Revelation 4:11.) But ever since Adam’s disobedience in Eden brought sin upon all mankind, man has chosen to live for the opposite of God’s glory. Because we are sinners, we are windchimes without wind–our spirits are lifeless, useless, soundless. Our sin separates us from God so that we cannot fulfill our purpose for which we were created–pleasing God. Our best efforts are in vain.

So Jesus Christ, knowing we could not fix our problem ourselves, came to earth as the sinless Son of God to make the blood sacrifice required to cover our sins with forgiveness. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

When we confess Him as our only propitiation, the one acceptable substitute that could free us from sin, and receive His gift of salvation, He gives us power to become the sons of God (John 1:12.) This power is the missing piece to our puzzle–it is the breeze that moves the windchime so it can give sweet music to the world. Now, with the power of God’s Holy Spirit working through us, moving in us, we can please and glorify God–we can fulfill our purpose!

Only God can be the breeze that transforms us from limp, mute windchimes to lively, musical windchimes. “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5


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