February 26, 2014
How Much of Your Life do You Want God to Change?
Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’; so they filled them to the brim(John 2:7, NIV).
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Shortly after Jesus was baptized, He attended a wedding reception in the town of Cana, in Galilee. Apparently Jesus felt very comfortable at such a party, and I imagine Him laughing, mingling, and having a good time with His friends. Near the end of the festivities, the servants let Mary in on a dilemma—they were out of wine. To run out of wine at a Jewish wedding celebration was an embarrassment and disgrace to the hosting family. Mary turned to her Son and said, “They have no more wine,” (John 2:3 NIV) as if she expected Him to do something about it. I can almost see her raised eyebrow and the mischievous twinkle in her eye.
Jesus said, “Dear woman, why do you involve me? My time has not yet come” (John 2:4).
Mary turned to the servants and said, “Do whatever He tells you.” Mary seemed to understand Jesus’ power before anyone else.
Jesus told the servants to fill six large thirty-gallon stone pots with water. So they filled them “to the brim.” Then He told them to draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.
When they did so, the master tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He then 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.”
I often wonder what would have happened if the servants had filled the pots half full or three fourths full. I imagine Jesus would have transformed exactly what they put in. Likewise, God will transform just as much of our lives as we give Him. As for me, I want to “fill it to the brim,” give Him all of my life—every bit of it.
My ministry. My finances. My relationships. My schedule. My decisions. Filled to the brim.
Reflecting on where Jesus was at the time of this miracle, I want to give Jesus all of my marriage…filled to the brim. So in our winter years, my husband and I will agree…we have saved the best till now.
Dear Lord, I pray that I will be like the servants who did exactly what You told them to do. My desire is to obey You fully…to the brim. Help me not to hold back anything but give You all of me so that You can transform me totally.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
How much of your life do you want Jesus to transform?
If you are married, how much of your marriage do you want Jesus to transform? How much of your marriage have you given Him?
How much of your attitude do you want Jesus to transform? How much of your attitude have you given Him?
How much of your __________ do you want Jesus to transform? (You fill in the blank.)
How much have you given Him?
I’d love to know what you filled in that blank. Let’s share at www.facebook.com/sharonjaynes.
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Today’s devotion was taken from my book, Becoming the Woman of His Dreams: Seven Qualities Every Man Longs For. If there is one area of our lives that we need to give totally to Christ, it is our marriages. Perhaps that’s why Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding. And where is the best place to start? Prayer. If you would like to learn more about how to prayer for your marriage and your man, see my latest book, Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe. While you’re there, check out the free 30-Day Prayer Dare.
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Originally published Wednesday, 26 February 2014.