"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Water to Wine

Beginning last week and continuing for the next 12 weeks, our ROCC Small Group will be discussing the New Testament Gospel of John.  This week in chapter 2 we looked at the well known miracle of Christ turning water into wine.  Walking away from this passage, I am left thinking about the application for our daily walk that is so much more than the miracle itself.

In short, there are two takeaways to consider: the first from verse 6, “Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used for ceremonial washing,” and the second from verse 7, “Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them.” 

As we learned, these jars were not intended for wine, but for the washing of feet.  They served a certain purpose and held a certain ceremonial, sacred value.  It would have been easy to deny Jesus the use of these vessels and insist that Christ use something more “appropriate” for the cause.  I think this is a caution to each of us in how we view those things in our life that we might hold back from His service.  Maybe we don’t consider them to be fit for a particular ministry, or maybe we simply deem them too valuable to let go.  Or even worse, perhaps we are selective in how, or for who, we decide to use our possessions, time, and/or abilities.  

The second point is one of obedience.  Notice that Christ does not work this miracle alone.  He insists on using others to take part.  In fact, He elects to use servants, perhaps as a lesson to those around him, and us, that ALL are loved and ALL may take part in His kingdom.  By their obedience they were blessed with witnessing this first miracle and they blessed others for whom this miracle touched, verse 11, “He thus revealed His glory, and the disciples put their faith in Him."

May we allow His work to be done through us, without hesitation or holding back, and may others see His glory revealed because of our obedience.  Have a great weekend.  

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