Friday, April 08, 2016

"Do Whatever He Tells You to Do"

John 2.5 CEV

“Mary then said to the servants, ‘Do whatever Jesus tells you to do.’

Will you “do whatever Jesus tells you to do”? 

Jesus and His mother and disciples were invited to a wedding. The host ran out of wine at the reception. Mary informed her Son, “They have no wine” to which Jesus replied, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” I find this interaction between Jesus and his mother curious and have yet to hear a good explanation. Mary alerted the servants, “Do whatever Jesus tells you to do.” Jesus told them to fill six large water pots with water. Miraculously the water changed to wine, but not just any wine. It was good wine.

Miracles happen when the decision to “do whatever Jesus tells you to do” is made. The water of common experience becomes the wine of new opportunity. Options open, fears subside, money appears, issues resolve, hope springs forth, ideas flourish, people cooperate, minds change, insights emerge, and new paths become visible in the dark landscape of despair. Miracles happen. They happen before you “do whatever Jesus tells you to do”. They happen when you decide to obey Jesus, which is a miracle in itself. Miracles beget miracles and they happen when someone decides to…

“Do whatever Jesus tells you to do.”
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The beautiful image of the water pot above is entitled “Pot Luck” and used by permission of photographer Shayne Krige. You can view this artist’s work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/underthebridge/.

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