Their talents were truly remarkable.
The twins had a natural ability to create the most beautiful music. Oriah was able to hear a song once, and then she could sing it perfectly with gentle vibrato. Her slightly older brother, Oriad, was a virtuoso at playing any instrument. He practically mastered whatever he picked up. The notes he could coax from them would ring so resonantly that few could listen without feeling deeply moved.
When they played together, Oriah’s voice of an angel mixed with Oriad’s heavenly music, inspired listeners and they said could almost feel God smiling and enjoying the beauty along with them. The twins sang and played to His glory and it was said there were no finer musicians in the kingdom.
One day, the Master came to them with a smile. “You two have incredible gifts from God and I have seen the honor you give Him though your gifts.” The twins smiled and thanked the Master.
But then the Master continued, “However, to truly honor Him to the highest potential, you must lose your gifts.”
The smiles vanished. Oriah’s silvery voice spoke up. “Lose our gifts? How?”
“You must give them to God. Give your talents completely to Him.”
Oriad’s brow knotted. “Would we ever see them again?”
The Master shook his head. “No, no you would not. You two would never be able to sing and play the way you do now.”
Oriah said, “Master, I am disheartened to hear that, and also confused. Why would God want us to give away our gifts when we are already serving Him so well?”
“I’m afraid I can’t answer that. But know that it would please your heavenly Father greatly if you did this.”
The twins took this message home and thought about it, prayed about it, and struggled with it. They loved their gifts; why would God ask them to give them away? By the end of the week, they had an answer.
“We will fully give God our talents.”
And they did. Once they prayed for God to take their gifts, it was true they couldn’t sing and play the way they used to…they found something else. They found that after they had prayed this prayer, God had blessed them with even better gifts!
Oriah’s voice changed. To her great surprise, she could harmonize by herself. In fact, she could sing a four-part song alone. Her voice was so rich and soothing, that anyone who heard it stopped what they were doing and began to listen, entranced by the lovely singing.
Oriad received a small lyre to play, but it was no ordinary instrument. Whatever sound he desired to play would come from the strings as he plucked. He could have it sound like a violin, a trumpet, a harp, or anything else. Audiences who heard him play were just dumbstruck and in awe of his skills and the lyre.
When they combined their talents, listeners were enthralled. Many tears of gratefulness and wonder were shed due to the majesty and incredible beauty of their God-given music.
Oriah and Oriad sang and played to the rest of their days, worshiping and praising God for His mighty and mysterious ways.
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 10:39 (NIV)
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