Monday, November 8, 2010

Is It Money Or Is It The Man?

A famous violinist was scheduled for a concert in Houston, Texas. It was announced that he would perform using a violin crafted by Stradivarius that cost thousands of dollars.

At the end of the concert, he took the violin and smashed it to pieces. The crowd was stunned.

Calmly he said, “This is not the Stradivarius. I purchased it last night for $98.00. It was not the quality of the instrument that made the beautiful music, but the quality of the musician.”

When writing to the Christians in Rome, Paul urged them to “present” their entire beings as a living and holy sacrifice to God. To Paul it was completely reasonable because of Christ’s sacrifice for them!

There are times when all of us think that God cannot use us because the tasks we face are so large and we seem so small. That is true. Unless we willingly give all that we are and have to God, we cannot be the person He desires us to be or do the things that He has planned for us.

God wants us to be like the clay in the hands of a potter – clay that He can shape as He sees best for His use. God wants us to be holy and wholly surrender to Him for His service. Peter says it best, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He way exalt you at the proper time.”

Prayer: Father, I ask that Your Holy Spirit will reveal to me the parts of my life that I choose to keep for myself, and through Him, convict me to do whatever it takes to surrender my life completely to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (NIV)

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