What’s the Key?
He received word that the premier musician in the land was looking for a new instrument on which to play. The famous craftsman sent word that he would be privileged to create a special, custom instrument, made especially for this great musician. Upon grateful acceptance of his offer, the Craftsman set to work. Expense, great pains, and many long hours went into the crafting of this fine instrument until, at last, it was complete. The craftsman carefully placed the instrument into its case, locked it, and departed for the presentation.
With much pomp and ceremony, the Craftsman presented the instrument to the musician. People clapped and cheered! The craftsman reminded the musician, and the crowd, that he had invested much to learn his trade. “And I shall give your instrument life! Give me the key to the case,” said the Musician.
The Craftsman then affirmed that he had meticulously studied the work of many other fine craftsmen. “Thank you; and now, please, give me the key to the case,” the musician replied. The Craftsman acknowledged that he had spent his personal fortune in order to design, purchase and forge the necessary tools for instrument building. Quietly, the Musician replied once again, “the key, please.”
Finally, the Craftsman declared that he had given much of his life refining his trade, and had come as close to perfection as he ever had, while building this instrument!
The Musician drew back, thought a moment, and then spoke. “I admire and affirm your accomplishment and sacrifice. You have, however, refused to give me the key to the case, merely so that you might boast of your own sacrifice and accomplishment. Your boasting has kept you from surrendering the key, and has now rendered this fine instrument useless.
“I will go to another craftsman for an instrument. I will acquire an instrument from hands less experienced than yours. I will make my music on a comparatively inferior instrument. And when you hear me play, you will understand that the quality of the instrument is not nearly as important as is the one who plays it, for the music lies not within the instrument, but within the musician!”
Isaiah 2:11 says The proud look of man will be brought low, and the loftiness of man will be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
May we humble ourselves, that the Lord may be exalted.
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