As Christians we strive to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we take our eyes off Him and look to someone or something else to meet our spiritual needs we have pause for concern. We look to Him for everything understanding the scriptures teach us that in Him we are complete and sufficient. It is through Christ we have our salvation.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6
The Apostle Paul tells us the following about Jesus Christ…
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Colossians 1:15–20
One evening the great conductor Arturo Toscanini conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The audience loved it. At the conclusion they clapped, whistled, and stomped their feet. Toscanini bowed and bowed to the audience. He then signaled the orchestra, whose members stood to acknowledge the wild applause. Eventually the applause began to quiet. With the quieting applause in the background, Toscanini turned, looked intently at his musicians, and almost uncontrollably exclaimed, “Gentlemen! Gentlemen!”
The orchestra members leaned forward to listen. Why was the maestro so disturbed?
Was he angry? Had someone missed a cue? Had the orchestra flawed the performance in some way? No. Toscanini was not angry. He was stirred to the very core of his being by the sheer magnificence of Beethoven’s music.
Scarcely able to talk, he whispered fiercely, “Gentlemen, I am nothing!”
This was an extraordinary admission since he was blessed with an enormous ego. “Gentlemen,” he added, “you are nothing.” That was hardly news. The members of the orchestra had often heard the same message in rehearsal.
“But Beethoven,” said Toscanini in a tone of adoration, “he is everything, everything!”
Paul would have us adopt this same attitude toward Jesus Christ. When the orchestration of our life is coming to a final conclusion, he would whisper fiercely to each of us, “Ladies and gentlemen, I am nothing! You are nothing!
But Jesus Christ—he is everything, everything!”
Let’s make sure we don’t lose our perspective and hence lose our way.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1–2