Simple Obedience

January 26, 2022

“Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. Then he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the headwaiter.” And they did.
John 2:7-8

Written by Tommy Sanders from the Woodbine Campus

How Simple Can It Be?

Our scripture focus this week is on Jesus’ first miracle performed in Cana of Galilee. Today’s thought comes from verses John 2:7-8: simple obedience.

So, just try to imagine yourself as one of the servants at the wedding.

You had been tasked with keeping the guests supplied with food and drink. You are concerned that you just poured out the last of the wine and the wedding celebration is not nearly over. There is no more wine! You hear an exchange between Mary and her son, Jesus, where she asks Him to do something.

What Would You Do?

You think what can he do? Will he send people out to buy more wine? Do they have the money? Where will they go? How long will it take? Will the guests run out before they can get back? All those questions are flashing through your mind.

And then, Jesus says to you, “Fill the ceremonial washing water jars with water.” Your mind is swirling. What good can filling jars with water do? And these jars hold water for washing not drinking. This has to be crazy, and a complete waste of time! But you are the servant; you must comply.

The next order is even more ludicrous, “Now draw some out and take it to the headwaiter.” Take water to the headwaiter? Okay, if you insist. And you know the rest of the story.

Obedience is Miraculous

Now, how do these actions apply to you? Does God ever ask you to do something that does not make sense to you? Does He ever push you to interrupt your plans to do something you deem a waste of time? Have you, in the midst of your busy schedule, been impressed to take time to reach out to someone?

Simple obedience: fill the jars. Draw out some and take to the headwaiter. And you find yourself participating in a miracle!

Of Utmost Significance

Who is this Jesus? He is the Creator of all things and holds all things together. His power is not limited by man’s knowledge or understanding. If He wants to save a person’s life through the call or text He prompts you to make, He can! Your part is to listen and simply obey. And you get to participate in the miracle!

The Word came to Zerubbabel in regard to rebuilding the Temple: “’Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” When God calls, God provides. He does His work through us as we simply obey. There is no insignificant action you will do at the prompting of the Holy Spirit! Simple Obedience!

What Now?

Don’t dismiss simple promptings from the Holy Spirit. You are being given opportunity to participate in carrying out God’s purpose. Through your simple obedience, you just may find yourself participating in a miracle.

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