Saturday, July 30, 2011

Your Life is Worth Much in His Hands

"According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” 2 Peter 1:3

A violinist stepped out onto a stage one evening and drew the bow across his violin. The room fell silent as out came the most glorious music the audience had ever heard. When he finished, the crowd leaped to their feet and gave ovation after ovation.

What happened next shocked everyone speechless. The violinist broke the violin into a thousand pieces on the podium. He looked at the audience and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be dismayed. This was only a three and a half dollar violin. It is not so much the violin that makes the music as it is the man who draws the bow.”

Little is so much when God is in it. God can take a life that may be comparable to a $3.50 violin and turn it into a masterpiece.

You may feel today that your life is as insignificant as a $3.50 violin. But consider what can happen when the Master holds you close to His face and draws His bow across the strings of your life! Yield yourself totally to Him.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Are You Determined?

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24

Have you ever seen a triathlon? I saw the finish of an Ironman competition on television, which involved 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, and 26.2 miles of running.

There was a young lady leading the pack, but suddenly within just a few feet of the finish line, she fell. Her legs were like noodles. She tried to get up and walk, but fell again. I wept as I watched her end the race in agony. She literally clawed her way to the finish line and sadly did not finish first.

If these men and women put themselves through this grueling race for a corruptible crown, God forbid that we should be any less the strong, spiritual athletes to which God is calling us. We’re dealing with life and death, heaven and hell, and the glory of God! Determine today that you will run the race and finish well.