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Second fiddle This is the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first. Matthew 19:30, Message.

A music lover asked a famous conductor of a world renowned orchestra which instrument he considered the most difficult to play. The conductor thought for a moment, then answered, "Second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who can play second fiddle with enthusiasm that's difficult. And if an orchestra has no second fiddle, we have no harmony."

The conductor is right. Think about it-music created by a one-note orchestra. What makes the music so rich and alive are the integrated tones blending to produce beautiful harmonies. That can happen only when one instrument takes the lead and another follows that lead.

"Me first! Me first!" Whether playing baseball, being in the school band, or acting in a school play, everyone wants to be the star. No one likes to play "second fiddle" to someone else's brilliance-for harmony or otherwise. Some of the fiercest battles between Christians are over who's going to be "head elder" or who'll get the solo line in the church choir.

Jesus said, "The last shall be first, and the first last." Perhaps He was talking about more than fiddlers and orchestras. What do you think?