Play Your Part
“1 The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, ‘They have no more wine.’
4 ’Dear woman, that’s not our problem,’ Jesus replied. ’My time has not yet come.’
5 But his mother told the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’
6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, ’Fill the jars with water.’ When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, ’Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.’ So the servants followed his instructions.
9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 ’A host always serves the best wine first,’ he said. ‘Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!’
11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him."
-John 2:1-11 NLT
In our study today, we see Jesus at a wedding, which were huge events at the time—often lasting for an entire week! There was ceremony, followed by a blessing, followed by celebration. And this was repeated again and again over many days.
It was during one of these many celebrations that we see a problem arises: a lack of wine due to poor preparation. This was a big taboo, it could cause great embarrassment to the family and ruin the entire celebration.
Jesus just happens to be there, and his mother calls upon him. And while he responds that his time (to be revealed) is yet to come, Mary tells the attendants something that I think is very telling: “Do whatever he tells you.” I think Mary knew her Son and how He’d respond. She watched Jesus grow, witnessed his servant’s heart, and had no doubt when a need arose, her Son couldn’t help but meet it.
But he didn’t do it all for them. The attendants had to fill six water pots. Each water pot held up to 30 gallons of water—that’s as much as 180 gallons! And they filled them to the brim. In short, that’s a lot of work.
So what’s the principle? The principle is God wants to meet your need, but He will not do for you what you can do for yourself. Do what you can, then He will do what you cannot. Jesus told the people to roll away the stone from Lazarus tomb, to pass out the bread to the 5000, to cast nets on the other side of the boat and then miracles happened.
In short, you must be an active participant in the miracle God wants to give you.
So will you ask Him, Lord is there something you’ve been waiting for me to do? Is there something that you would like to say to me in 2018? What is my part in my miracle?
Lord, thank you that you want to be part of our everyday lives, and that you know what we have need of even before we know we have a need. We hear the voice of Mary saying, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it.” So, Lord, speak to us. Tell us what we need to do in order to see your miraculous provision in our homes, our relationships, our finances, and our businesses. Teach us to play our part in our miracles. In Jesus name, amen!