Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Twas battered and scarred and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin but held it up with a smile. “What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,”Who’ll start the bidding for me?A dollar, a dollar then two! Only two?Two dollars and who’ll make it three. Three dollars once. Three dollars twice. Going for three;But no. From the room, far back, a gray haired man came forward and picked up the bow. Then wiping the dust from the old violin And tightening the loosened strings He played a melody pure and sweet as a caroling angel sings. The music ceased, and the auctioneer with a voice that was quiet and low said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”And he held it up with the bow. A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two.Two thousand and who’ll make it three. Three thousand once; three thousand twice, And going and gone,” said he. The people cheered but some of them cried. We do not quite understand what changed its worth? Swift came the reply. The touch of the master’s hand. And many a man with life out of tune and battered and scarred with sin is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd much like the old violin. A mess of pottage, a glass of wine, a game and he travels on. He’s “going” once, and “going” twice He’s going and almost gone. But the Master comes and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul and change that’s wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.
Wow. What a beautiful story that shows the value of one life in the master’s hands. The impact of one life!! Some of you may feel like you have no worth and nothing to give to the Lord in service, but don’t give up yet. Give your life to the Master and see what great things he can do through your life. Don’t let excuses keep you from serving the Lord with all your heart and here are some answers to some of our excuses.
I’m not important to God. In Psalms 139:13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. God took great care in making you who you are and you have value.
I am too weak to live for Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 the Apostle Paul writes. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. God takes our weaknesses and makes us stronger by showing his great power and love for each of us.
I don’t know if I can last out. Philippians 1: 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. All of the excuses for not serving God do not come from God, but from the evil one. John 10:10 Jesus says 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. Only Christ can give you that satisfying life. So immerse yourself in His great love and power and “move on.” Move on to bigger and better things for the kingdom and become a part of “His” solution. The best is yet to come!
The Pilgrimage continues…..