Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), the world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his concerts & compositions, but he generously gave most of it away. So, when he discovered an exquisite violin on one of his trips, he wasn’t able to buy it.
Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase the beautiful instrument. But to his great dismay it had been sold to a collector.
Kreisler made his way to the new owner’s home & offered to buy the violin. The collector said it had become his prized possession & he would not sell it. Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea.
“Could I play the instrument once more before it is consigned to silence?” he asked.
Permission was granted & the great virtuoso filled the room with such heart-moving music that the collector’s emotions were deeply stirred.
“I have no right to keep that to myself,” he exclaimed. “It’s yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world & let people hear it.”
The Christian has no right to keep the Gospel to himself. He must share it with those around him.
- Our Daily Bread (ministry127.com)
2 Kings 7:9 (GNT): But then they said to each other, “We shouldn't be doing this! We have good news, and we shouldn't keep it to ourselves…”
I remember one who spoke on the missionary question one day saying, "The great question is not, 'Will not the heathen be saved if we do not send them the gospel?' but 'Are we saved ourselves if we do not send them the gospel?'” - Charles Spurgeon.