Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jesus made up the difference

inspiration: small group discussion - part three - John 2

another huge thing that came out of our small group discussion was how Jesus makes up the difference in our lives and how because the servants were obedient, they got to truly witness the amazing power of Jesus.

it's amazing, honestly, how many times i've heard the story and read it, but never thought about the awesome illustrations of God's love and mercy that it depicts. and how it alludes to the fact that when we serve, we experience Jesus in an entirely different light.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 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 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.” 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. -John 2:8-11
in verse 9, the master of the banquet's comment was fairly significant. in this culture, at weddings, the best of the wine was always served first. and the fact that (like i mentioned in the first post) they were out of wine was dishonorable.

but Jesus made up for that.
He not only made something out of nothing (thus proving His power as God), he made the best wine (verse 10) (thus proving His ability to do immeasurably more).

Jesus makes up the difference in our lives.
we're always going to mess up.
we're going to run out of wine.
we're going to make dishonorable choices.
we're going to sin.

but He will always be there for us.
He will always make up the difference.
He has already redeemed us from our dishonorable choices and sin.


and the last significant thing that i drew from this passage was from verse 9, as well.
He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.
everyone was able to experience the miracle - they were able to partake in the drinking and festivities that continued because of the wine. but the servants got to witness the miracle. they were directly a part of God's will and they experienced it more fully.

we can experience that same joy and the same gratification of being part of God's plan and seeing the fruit directly.

i have several stories where in being obedient and serving fully and wholeheartedly, i was rewarded and was able to see the fruit of my obedience.

serving in Grace Acres.
serving in Kidscoast.
serving at theWell.

each was its own unique experience, but i was able to experience more fully the power of God.

sometimes serving is hard because it becomes more about the task than the reason for the task. for a period of time, serving at theWell on thursday was sort of a drag. and maybe i'm not "supposed" to say that because i'm a leader, but if i'm being honest, it's draining trying to delight in what i do and how i'm being used because it seems like i'm only helping set up the bookstore and putting pens on chairs and handing out notes at the door.

but there are other times when i realize that i'm truly making an impact.
after all, it is how i met holden - i was being obedient to a calling to be joyful and to be myself and to serve.
i could've easily ignored the guys walking through the door.
i could've let someone else do the greeting.
i could've expected other people to talk to them since there were so many others around me.

but sometimes all it takes is being humble, seeking every opportunity as a chance to do God's will, and choosing to obey.

He owes us nothing.
He has already made the difference.
but we will never experience the true power and amazingness of God until we learn to be obedient.

i heard a couple weeks ago that even if all Jesus ever did was to die on the cross for us, it would still be more than what we deserve - but he continues to go above and beyond for us because He loves us and wants us to do the same.

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