The book of John in the New Testament tells the story of the first miracle Jesus performed…turning water into wine. Jesus and his disciples were guests, along with His mother, at a wedding in the village of Cana. When they started running low on wine Mary, Jesus’ mother, instructed the servants to do whatever He told them to do and this is what happened, check it out:
John 2: 6-10 (the message)
Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim. “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did. When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”
Do you have any water in your life you would like to see turned into wine? Any challenge or circumstance that needs a miracle? Are you fighting a battle internally that involves bad habits, sin or emotional wounds and you find yourself empty inside? Perhaps what was supposed to be a good life is running low on “good.” I would like to share what hit me fast and furious as I read the second chapter of John this morning..it was amazing…and I have experienced the truth in it!
Obedience, Filling and being Poured Out will change your life’s water into wine. If you identify with the paragraph above…you need to see a change in circumstances, need a miracle or know it’s you yourself that needs to change, Jesus is more than willing and is powerful enough to do it! If you read this story you see that Mary told the servants at the wedding, “whatever he tells you, do it.” And they did. If the servants had not obeyed Jesus as he led them they would not have witnessed this great miracle. They could have said…’why do I want to go to the trouble of filling these huge stone pots with gallons and gallons of water? That sounds like a lot of work and it doesn’t make any sense’ (after all, they didn’t know what he was going to do!). Perhaps they did think that but their lack of understanding didn’t stop them from obeying. Maybe, just maybe, they sensed something in their hearts…a little hope or spark of excitement in the possibility this guy might be for real! As they obeyed the words of Jesus the pots were filled to the brim with water. See, if Jesus is going to perform the miraculous in your life, if He is going to bring much-needed change, He needs something to work with…and the only person that has the power to do the miraculous is Jesus Himself!! So, as you seek and obey Him in your life you are giving Him permission to fill you with His very Spirit and as you continue to live in humility and obedience (even when you don’t understand or can’t see the results yet) He is able to fill you to the brim. What happens once a container is filled to the brim? It starts to spill over or be poured out! As you live in faith and are filled to the brim with Jesus every day you will begin to overflow with joy and peace and passion….it will spill out into the lives of others…and as your life is being poured out for Jesus you will see the miraculous happen. As He fills you and flows from your life you will see the water turn to wine. He is the glorious one…He is the able one…He holds all of creation in His hand…He has the answers….He is the answer! Take a chance and step out in trust and obedience. Maybe that starts with repentance…perhaps you have been running from Him and you need to let Him “catch” you. Perhaps He has been asking you to forgive someone who hurt you deeply and you have refused because you don’t think you can…He will help you. Maybe you have an area in your life that you know is holding you back but you don’t want to give that thing up…place it on the altar. Maybe you read this and think…well, no, I am a “good Christian” and I live right…but you have sensed a stirring deep in your soul that there may be so much more to knowing Jesus than you had thought and He has been asking you to come “outside of your box” so you can discover Him at a different angle.
For me, experiencing God transform the water of my insecurity and need for approval into the wine of God-confidence and living in His approval is monumental. Seeing the water of strife in my marriage give way to the wine of peace and unity has been fundamental. The waters of the “routine and expected” turning into the wine of laughter as I catch a glimpse of God’s plan for me is unexplainable. The waters of turbulence and emotional upheaval poured out as the wine of stability. I have plenty more “water” in my life and always will…but as I seek Him I find Him…as I find Him I am filled. Really, we are all pots…what’s filling yours?