The auctioneer thought it hardly worth his while to waste much time on the battered and scarred old violin, so he held it up with a smile. 'What am I bid for this? A dollar? Who will make it two? And who'll make it three? Three dollars once, twice, going for three.' From the back of the room an old man came forward and picked up the bow. Sweeping the dust from the worn instrument, and tightening the strings, he played beautiful music. The auctioneer turned to the crowd, 'What am I bid for the old violin? A thousand dollars, and two? Two thousand, three? Three thousand once, twice, and gone.'
What changed its worth? The touch of a master's hand. The one who played it so beautifully. At some point or another, we all come with our life out of tune, battered and scarred with sin, ready to be auctioned to the thoughtless world. Then, with a touch of the Master's hand, we become God's beautiful instruments, fit to play to Heaven's tune.
So what now? Do you feel battered, tired, worn out and worthless? Allow the Master's hand to restring your soul. Change your life to accept His ways - and become a restored child of God.
SoulFood: Col 3-4, Philemon, Luke 21:1-11, Ps 78:9-16, Pr 23:22-25
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd