The Water Of Life Turned To Wine!
His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top.
[John 2:5-7 NET]
Do not forget the necessity of obeying the inner voice of Christ, which may be recognised by these three signs—it never asks questions, but is decisive and imperative; it is not unreasonable nor impossible; it calls for an obedience which costs us some sacrifice of our own way and will. “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it!”
Do as you are told. It was a severe test to obedient faith to fill up those big jars, which stood in the vestibule of the house. Each would contain about twenty gallons, and as they were probably nearly empty, it would be a long and tedious business to fill them, especially at a time when guests required other attention… “They filled them up to the brim!”
In your obedience, always give Christ brimful measure. It may be a very small thing He asks you to do—to teach a class of children, to pay a visit to some sick man or woman, to write a letter, to speak a word of comfort, to hold out the helping hand, to give the glass of cold water, but see to it that your response is hearty and brimful! The jar is your opportunity! A very common and ordinary one! An act that may seem needless or inconvenient; but out of it may come the greatest achievement of your life! When the Lord calls you into co-partnership, be sure not to say: “‘Please do not ask me!” Nay, serve Him to the brim! He never asks you to do one small act for Him, without being prepared to add His Almighty grace to your weakness, thereby perfecting the act. It is an amazing thing that He should want our help. Let us give Him to the brim, and, as we do so, we shall see a wonderful and beautiful thing, which is “hidden from wise and prudent, but revealed to babes”. “The servants who drew the water knew.” Many of us realise that this miracle is constantly taking place. We fill our waterpots to the brim with water; but at the end of days of careful preparation we sadly review the result, and say to ourselves: “After all, it is very poor stuff, only water at the best!” But as we pour it out in service to others, we know that the Master has been collaborating with us, and has turned the water into wine! There are secrets between the Lord and those who obey Him! It is blessed when we are workers together with Christ. He knows, and you know. A smile passes between you and Him, and it is enough! The best wine is always kept in reserve!
The Established Heart
… He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.
[1 Thessalonians 3:13]
Every baseball player will attest that there are varieties of umpires. There is, for example, the orthodox umpire, an absolutist. The strike zone is clear: If the ball comes across the plate between the armpits and knees it is a strike, unquestionably. Then there is the modernist umpire. “There are balls and there are strikes,” he says, “and I call them as such as I see them.” The orthodox ump calls them what they are in fact, and the modernist umpire labels balls or strikes based on what he reasons them to be. The post-modern umpire doesn’t believe there is an absolute strike zone, nor that one can even know if a hurled ball is a strike or not. Since there is no absolute zone, and no way of knowing, if the post-modern ump wants it to be a strike he merely declares it so.
Spiritually, the person with an established, set heart knows there are absolutes. Strikes are strikes and balls are balls. God’s Word sets the strike zone, and it does not vary. Such a person doesn’t play the game of life in confusion, but in settled certainty about right and wrong.
Seek God’s forgiveness for times you have “called it” the way you have seen it rather than the way it is by His standards.
“But now he is comforted here.”
[Luke 16:25 NET]
Your sun will no longer set; your moon will not disappear; the Lord will be your permanent source of light; your time of sorrow will be over. He will swallow up death permanently. The sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from every face, and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
“These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, because the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water.”
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.”
[Isa 60:20, Isa 25:8, Rev 7:14-17, Rev 21:4]