June 16, 2014

Following Instructions

“Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5b (NLT)

The instructions that Mary gave the servants at the wedding in Cana sum up all that it takes to participate in a miracle! It’s the challenge of every child of God. “Do whatever He tells you.” Do you? “But, what is He telling me to do?” you may ask. The simplest of things … To these servants, Jesus said, “Fill the jars with water.” These unnamed servants got to participate in a miracle Jesus performed because they were available and humble enough to do the small things, fill jugs with water. There were six stone water jars that held about 20 to 30 gallons of water, but the miracle couldn’t happen until the servants followed the instructions. I wonder what miracle may be awaiting my obedience? Am I willing to do the simplest of tasks? When Mary realized the wine was in short supply, she did the right thing. She turned the problem over to Jesus. She didn’t tell Him how to fix it or what to do. She simply let Him handle it. Then, she instructed the servants at the wedding to do whatever Jesus may tell them to do. Little did they know they would be participating in a miracle! With those instructions, Mary had no other responsibility but to trust that Jesus would do what only He could do. Although Mary did not understand what Jesus was going to do, she trusted Him to do what was right. That’s the faith it takes to turn a situation over to Christ! We may think we know how He should handle our problems, but He may have a completely different plan. Faith rests in His ability. How relaxing! Our responsibility is to simply respond to His ability! Once you turn a situation over to Jesus it is no longer yours to worry about. I’ve often wondered what those servants said to their families when they got home from the wedding. Imagine filling six stone jars with water and then pouring out the best wine at the wedding! John tells us that only the servants knew where the wine came from. Jesus revealed His glory for the first time at that wedding through those servants and His disciples. Today, He is waiting to reveal His glory to us and through us if we will simply follow His instructions. What is it He may be telling you to do? For some it may be as simple as baptism. Jesus never performed a miracle until after He was baptized in obedience to the Father’s instruction. Whatever it is that He may be telling you to do, follow His instructions and you may participate in a miracle!