Some people are like canvas, their lives taking shape as God paints His vision upon them.
Some are like clay on the potters wheel, being molded by His loving hands into a vessel He can use for His Glory.
Some are like wood, being carved into a glorious shape that He can use for His purpose.
Some are like stone, and He knows He must use hammer and chisel to form them into rock-solid pillars of Faith, Love, and Devotion to Him.
All it takes is the Touch of the Master’s Hand:
‘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 grey-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 is “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 the change that is wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand. Poem by Myra Brooks Welch 1921; Music by John Kramp 1974
Ephesians 2:10: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
2 thoughts on “The Master’s Touch”
On October 19, 2021 10:08:01 AM THE RIGHT RENDITION
Sounds like you read the Worth Brief devotion this morning. You’re right on.
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