She was an accomplished pianist who had played for major concerts and received great honours. She had a brilliant future ahead of her in the world of classical music. She had devoted many years to constant practice and was about to realise her dreams of playing in a renowned symphony orchestra.
She had a problem and discussed it with her pastor. She really wanted to surrender her whole life to Christ, but she was afraid that He would ask her to give up her music.
After discussing the situation, the pastor opened the Scriptures to Acts 10:14 where Peter had said “Not so, Lord” and he explained the contradiction of terms in those words.
If Christ was Peter’s Lord, he had no right to say “Not so”
If Peter had a right to say “Not so” then he could not say “Lord”
The pastor wrote the three words “Not so” and “Lord” on a piece of paper and told the young lady to make a choice. Either she had to cross out “Not so” or she must cross out “Lord”. It was one or the other.
The young lady, after much anguish, crossed out the “Not so” and the pastor records that the Lord greatly used her and her music in His service for many years.
How often do WE try to say, “Not so, Lord”?
How often do we make our own decisions and go our own way,
without regard to His will?
Can we truly say “LORD”?
We can, when we know from experience that He only wants the very best for us and that HIS choice is ALWAYS the best. We can never outgive God, because He is no man’s debtor and – as CH Spurgeon said – He always uses a bigger shovel.
A few lines from the hymn of contradictions by George Matheson says it well:
Make me a CAPTIVE Lord,
And then I shall be FREE.
Force me to render up my sword
And I shall conqueror be.
My will is not my own
Till Thou hast made it Thine.
If the Son makes you free, you shall be FREE INDEED.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You are not your own, for you have been bought with a price.
Therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
# The Lordship of Christ is neither optional nor negotiable (anon)
# Where Christ does not rule, sin does. (J I Packer)
# Opposition to the divine will is the very essence of all sin (David Thomas)
# Calling Jesus “Lord” means death to our own will, and resurrection only comes when we have died to all our own plans. (Sinclair Ferguson)