Reflections on Revelation #315

‘Day 315

 “It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:8. NASB
Always remember that according to the News Testament a saint is anyone who believes and follows Jesus. Notice that the white robes are not self-made or self-earned, they are supplied by Christ (the bridegroom in the analogy) and given to the redeemed. In Jesus parable in Matthew 22, we are told that only those who have the wedding garment will be allowed into the wedding supper. This gifted garment is the robe of Christ righteousness (perfection.) Consider the magnificent words of Isaiah on this point: “I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a groom puts on a turban, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isa 61:10 (NASB)

An often-told story that fits with our text goes as follows: Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted an old friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.” When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.
Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway piano on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child, and he added a running obligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn’t recall what else the great master played that night. Only the classic “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Perhaps that’s the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren’t always graceful flowing music. However, with the hand of the Master, our life’s work can truly be beautiful. The next time you set out to do something, listen carefully. You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” God sometimes “calls” those He has already equipped, more often He equips those He has already “called.”

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