The Perfect Violin

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:12-14)

Antonio Stradivari set up his workshop in the small Italian town of Cremona in the 1600s. During this time the best violins were being made by the Amati family. But the Amati violins were made for performances in small places a drawing room or a court and music making was changing. It was moving from the drawing room to the concert hall, where it would have to be heard clearly in the back reaches of the room. Stradivari adjusted to those changes. He chose bigger and better pieces of maple, experimented with stronger varnishes, and arched the belly of the violin differently. These changes gave Stradivaris violins a distinctive sound, unlike any before their time.

When Stradivari died in 1737, a particular violin was found in his studio. It had never been played. This violin, called The Messiah, had an incredible tiger-striped pattern on its back. It was said to be the perfect violin. Today, the Messiah is in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and it is the only instrument to have its own showcase.

But wait a minute. The perfect violin is one that has never been played? Not according to Ivry Gitlis, a violinist who plays his Stradivarius every day. He says of his instrument: I have a violin that was born in 1713. I dont consider it my violin. Rather, I am its violinist; I am passing through its life.

Indeed, life is like the gift of a Messiah violin. We dont own the instrument. For a time, we get to play on it our original song and sounds, and in our own way. But our lives are not our own. We are in the Messiahs symphony, where each instrument, no matter how different, brings itself into accord with the Composer and the Conductor.

Adrian Rogers was quoted as saying: When the child of God, loves the Word of God, and sees the Son of God, He is changed by the Spirit of God, into the image of God, for the glory of God, because has found the truth of God.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!