Playing on the Black Keys



“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.”

                            — 1 Corinthians 1:27



In the secular world, when and employer seeks a worker to fill a certain position, he makes every effort to find someone qualified and trained in that particular field. Preparation and qualification equal success.



God does the opposite; He chooses the week and foolish – the unqualified to do His work. We look at the outer qualifications, but God looks at those within. He will use natural ability, but it must be yielded to Him. God will use people who will not glory in what they do but in what He does.



Many times we use our weakness and inability as an excuse for not doing the work God wants us to do. We try to “ease out” because we consider ourselves inadequate.



Do you take pride in saying, “I have no talents. I can’t do anything.” Regardless of your ability or the lack of it, what God wants is your yielded life. Someone has said, “There is no limit to what God will do through one who is willing and who doesn’t care who gets the credit.”



A great pianist was to give a recital. While the guests were assembling, they heard someone playing Chopsticks. One of the mothers immediately recognized that the pianist was her little son. She hurried to stop him, but a man had heard the playing too, and had gotten to the little fellow first. Putting his arms around the boy, he whispered, “Keep right on playing, Sonny,” so the lad continued to play on the black keys while the man used the entire keyboard to demonstrate the thrilling possibilities of the instrument.



“Who is it?” the audience asked, captivated by the artistry of the performer. The reply was, “Paderewski, the master of the piano, who is giving the recital tonight.”



What a beautiful picture of what God will do with our lives if we will let Him. Keep playing on the black keys and let God supply the beautiful melodies that will bring glory to Himself!


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