How Much of Your Marriage Do You Want God to Change?
(My devotions will focus on marriage for the month of February. If you’re not married, I encourage you to read them anyway! This particular one applies to all areas of your life. Also, consider giving a special blessing by passing these devotions along to a married friend! Here we go…)
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. After a few days, Jesus’ mother, Mary, noticed the host was running low on wine. To run out of wine at a seven day Jewish wedding celebration was an embarrassment and disgrace to the hosting family. Mary turned to her Son and said, “They have no more wine,” as if she expected Him to do something about it (John 2:3 NIV). 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.”
Mary turned to the servants and said, “Do what ever 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 of the banquet 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 stone water jars 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.
It is the same with my marriage. I want to give Jesus all of my marriage…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 all of me.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
How much of your life do you want Jesus to transform? How much of your life have you given Him?
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?
Click over to my blog page and tell me what you put in the blank.
More from the Girlfriends
14-Day Romancing Your Husband Challenge: How would you like to join your girlfriends in a 14-day Romancing Your Husband Challenge? Click over to www.sharonjaynes.com, click on the challenge sign-up button on the right column of the home page, and your 14-day challenge emails will begin. Come on girlfriend, February is the love month - it’s time to spice up your marriage.
Today’s devotion was taken from 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 marriage. Perhaps that’s why Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding. If you’d like to learn more, click over to the book and take a look inside.
Originally published Monday, 25 February 2013.