Sermon Illustrations

Halfway through a rehearsal, with trumpets blaring, drums rolling, and violins singing their rich melody, the piccolo player muttered to himself, “What good am I doing? I might as well not be playing. Nobody can hear me anyway.” So he placed his instrument to his lips but made no sound. Within moments the conductor cried, “Stop the music! Stop the music! Where’s the piccolo?” Perhaps many people did not realize that the piccolo was missing, but the conductor did. We play chiefly to please him. And if we achieve that, the audience benefits greatly. So it is in the Christian life. We strive to please the Master. He is glorified and others benefit. God knows when we do not play the part assigned to us, even if others do not.