The Call of the Master

And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Romans 1:6 (NIV)
Felix Mendelssohn, it is said, once visited the cathedral at Fridbourg, and, having heard the great organ, went into the organ loft and asked to be allowed to play it. The old organist, in jealousy for his instrument, at first refused, but was afterward prevailed on to allow the great German composer to try the colossal "thunder" of the cathedral.

And after standing by in an ecstasy of delight and amazement for a few moments, he suddenly laid his hands on the shoulders of the inspired musician and exclaimed: "Who are you? What is your name?" "Mendelssohn," replied the player. "And can it be! that I had so nearly refused to let Mendelssohn touch this organ!"

How little the Lord's people know what they are doing when they refuse to let Christ have full possession of their entire life and evoke the full melody and harmony of which it is capable!

Practical Illustrations Volume 12: Peter-Jude, (Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide, 2003).

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