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Beat-up Guitars

Not for ourselves alone are we born. —Marcus Tullius Cicero

When a masterful musician plays an instrument, no one stands to praise the instrument. No, all praise goes to the master.

What’s more, in the hands of a master, any old instrument will do, right?

Have you ever walked a city’s downtown streets and observed the musicians? Many are down and out, holding a guitar marked by the struggle. Yet the crowds gather when a masterful musician plays.

Many of us feel like those beat-up guitars. Life has been hard. We don’t feel capable of beauty. But in the hands of the Master, we sound beautiful. As the Master plays His tune through our lives, others pause to listen and give Him praise. We are His instruments.

Paul wrote to Timothy on this very topic:

[We are] instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. (2 Timothy 2:21)

Maybe you’re thinking, All of that sounds lovely, Pete. But honestly, how does it work?

Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever…

  • And He indwells in us by His Spirit…
  • And expresses Himself through us if we let Him…
  • His life in us today is going to look like His life among us on earth 2,000 years ago.

In the hands of the Master, our lives will sound like the life of Jesus.

Did you know Jesus was mistaken for a beat-up guitar, too? When the people in His hometown synagogue heard Jesus announce His intention to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecies, they asked each other, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22).

In other words, “Didn’t we watch you grow up? Aren’t you ordinary with ordinary issues of your own? Maybe you should work on those.”

They were mistaken.

All of us ordinary followers are instruments set apart for the Master. The melody of our lives will sound like the melody of Jesus.

Spirit, play the melody of Your life through me—loud and clear. Amen.

Learn more from Pete’s teaching on Luke, What Will Jesus Do?

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