Paul and Pablo

Sunday, Jan. 25

Pablo Casals was perhaps the greatest cellist of all time. When he was 95 years old, someone asked him why he still practiced six hours a day. His answer? “Because I think I’m getting better.” This reminds me of what God is doing with me. First of all, no matter how long I live and how much I conform to Christ, I will not reach perfection. Second, I should never quit working on the flaws in my life. We’re talking about sanctification here and the Bible clearly teaches that it’s a long process that will only be completed when we are changed from mortality into immortality. But the Bible also teaches us that we are not to give up the struggle. We can never come to the place where we are content with our lives. Paul depicts this well in Phil. 3:12-14. “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect ,but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” I like the cello and I like Casals’ motivation to excel, but being perfected so I can be a better servant of Christ is far more important. I’m with Paul on this!

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