He shall bring forth from us the sweet music!
Mendelssohn, on one occasion, hearing an organ being played — asked permission to play it for a few minutes. The organist reminded Mendelssohn that he was a total stranger to him — and that strangers were not allowed to touch the valuable instrument.
At last permission granted, and then Mendelssohn brought forth such music from the organ as to make the organist weep! Ah! But before the music came forth, there were two things necessary:
the first was, the instrument had to be abandoned to Mendelssohn;
and the second, Mendelssohn had to take control of it.
The same is true with us in the spiritual realm. There must be the entire surrender to Christ first — and then He shall bring forth from us the sweet music of . . .
a holy heart,
a lovely character,
a gentle disposition,
a surpassing peace,
a sweet humility,
a lowly service,
a beautiful sympathy,
and a Christlike life!
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship!" Romans 12:1