Monday, May 7, 2012

we must never run out of wine

inspiration: small group discussion tonight - John 2

so in my Bible study, we began reading through the Gospel of John. i know for me, it's been an awesome experience being back in the word and just gleaning wisdom from Scripture. tonight, my friend Carlee led discussion on John 2 and brought with her notes from an Elevation Church sermon about Jesus' first miracle in John 2 - the turning of water into wine at a wedding feast.

it was so fascinating to learn about the true context of this passage and so for the next couple days, i'll just be sharing about the passage we discussed tonight. there was just a lot of wisdom and perspective that i got, which i'm excited about - i LOVE when God blesses me with knowledge of himself.

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” -John 2:1-3

Carlee shared that in this culture, weddings were week-long ceremonies. and Jesus' first miracle took place on the third day - an allusion also to his resurrection (when she shared that, i was like "Whoa! Mind blown!" - i love putting two and two together like that...)

but also, running out of food/wine at a wedding meant that you didn't prepare enough for your guests and that was dishonorable - being prepared honors your guests and when you're not prepared, it dishonors your guests.

then, Carlee shared how this is the same in the church, the body of Christ - we need to be prepared for our guests; we must never run out of wine.

i love this illustration.
i've heard and read this story may times.
i studied it a bit this past week, but never have i heard it like this.

we must never run out of wine.

we must constantly be assessing those around us - the people we serve on the weekends at church, our co-workers and acquaintances.

tonight, we also discussed how we must stay rooted in Jesus. we have to be "full" ourselves so that we can pour into others.

this is hard.
sometimes it's hard to fill up more than you need.
we're busy.
we have other responsibilities.
we're tired.

have you ever noticed that when you're running on empty or only half-way full that it's hard to pour into others? i certainly have. and i will be the first to admit that sometimes my time in the Word and my prayer time and my time spent communing with God goes to the back-burner among work, friends, and sometimes even church itself.

but i have also experienced the joy of pouring into others and that's what motivates me to stay full.

we must never run out of wine.

what do you/can you/have you done in order to stay "full"?
how can we encourage each other to never run out of wine.

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