John Chapter 2
1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,
2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so,
9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside
10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
The first of Jesus’ miracles, turning water into wine, takes place in John Chapter 2.
I call this ‘Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary.’ It was an ordinary wedding and ordinary water that Jesus transformed. I love that because Jesus specializes in working in ordinary settings with ordinary people and ordinary things, but resulting in extraordinary consequences. The wedding, which took place in Cana of Galilee, was well on its way when Mary came to Him and said: ‘They have no more wine’ (John 2:3). She came with the expectation that Jesus would do something. And, even though His reply is: ‘Woman, why do you involve me…My hour has not yet come’ (John 2:4), she walks away, confident that He will take care of it. She orders the servants to do what He tells them. This is probably the best sermon Mary ever preached: ‘Do whatever he tells you’ (John 2:5). This is what happens:
‘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’ (John 2:6-7).
From this statement, three important principles emerge that make the ordinary the extraordinary.
1. Jesus begins by giving a command. Every act of God is precipitated by an act of obedience.
2. When Jesus Christ gives a command, follow it fully. Sometimes God’s working in our lives is not evident, not because God is not able but because our obedience is casual or conditional or half-hearted – we don’t ‘fill to the brim.’
3. When you obey Him, trust Him. If every act of God is precipitated by obedience, then every act of obedience must be followed by trust. Having done what he has given us to do, He will now work.
There is no record that Jesus ever turned water into wine again.
The disciples put their faith in Him, period.
They knew that however ordinary they were, however ordinary life was, this One in whom they put their faith is the One who makes the ordinary extraordinary.
That’s why you can go back to your workplace, back to your school, back to your home, fully aware of the ordinariness of your life, fully aware of the wateriness of your life, and say, ‘Lord Jesus, I am trusting You today; here’s the water; I’ll do whatever You tell me. I will fill the jars to the brim – and You will make it wine.’
This really is the joy of the Christian life. The Living Truth of God makes the ordinary extraordinary!
PS – The miracles of Jesus result in transformed lives. Love, obedience and dependence – that’s all He asks!
By Charles Price http://www.living truth.com
We, by ourselves, cannot perform miracles in our own strength, but we can allow God to perform miracles, in our own lives and the lives of others, by means of prayer. When we have asked Jesus to be our own personal Saviour and Lord and invited Him into our hearts and lives, His Holy Spirit lives inside of us. He is the Risen Saviour; He is alive. The Holy Spirit inside of us gradually changes us, throughout our lives, in order to make us fit to live in Heaven.
Our motives and desires gradually change to make us more like Jesus. We receive The Holy Spirit when we are first ‘born again’, and afterwards we need to continually pray to God to fill us with The Holy Spirit. The temptations and trials we have in this life are too strong for us to overcome in our own strength; we need God’s help. Sometimes we realise that we need to dedicate ourselves more fully to God; there are sometimes areas where we want to control things but we have to submit to God’s will.
Sometimes we give ourselves to God, making ourselves available to Him, to use us to help in the lives of other people. We do not have to be ‘extra special’. All God wants is people who love other people and who want to serve Him. This does not mean that we will be able to perform dramatic miracles every day. It does not mean that all people will like us. Indeed some people will reject us, but it is more important to please God. It does mean that we can get on with whatever work we have to do everyday, knowing that God is working in the background. Whether you work in the home, somewhere grand, in a boring job, in a dangerous job, in an academic job, on a farm etc all work is important and God needs everyone and we need everyone. Miracles are not always big spectacular things. Sometimes they are the little things in our everyday lives.
You may never know when a miracle has happened to someone because you were kind to them or you prayed for them. You do not need to know. The joy that comes to you, from living to please God is a miracle in itself. It feels as if the ordinary has been changed into the extraordinary. It feels like the boring, mundane routine of life has become worthwhile.
It feels like the water of life has become the best wine! Margaret Mainwaring
Galatians Chapter 6 New International Version Doing Good to All
1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.
3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.
4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,
5 for each one should carry their own load.
6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Two of my favourite quotes
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” John Wesley
“If you cannot do what you enjoy; enjoy what you have to do”! Unknown Author
4 verses from Colossians chapter 3
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
for ye serve the Lord Christ.
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