July 8, 2020

John 2:5-8 

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so… 

 

Somehow Mary knew that Jesus was about to perform a miracle. Perhaps he had done non-public miracles before, and his reluctance was because of the potential publicity of the wedding. Perhaps there was a further exchange that let Mary know he was about to roll up his sleeves. Whatever the case, Mary’s words to the servants are clear. “Do whatever he tells you.”

Today, I want you to see yourself in the shoes of the servants. How would you respond to Jesus’s simple yet unorthodox instructions? He asks you to fill a water jug. Do you fill it to the brim? He tells you to take some of that water to the master of the banquet. Do you risk punishment or embarrassment by taking a cup of water to your boss when he’s asking for wine?

Jesus’s commands are as simple and unorthodox now as they were then. Love others as you love yourself. Turn the other cheek. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Become like a child. How do you choose to follow those commands? My prayer for you today is for you to find an opportunity to “fill the jar to the brim.” To have an opportunity for obedience and to do it wholeheartedly and to maximum capacity.

Go and be the church!

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