Water to wine

Once again I have been very busy with family, work and church. My life leaves me very little time for social media and blogging but after my morning devotions I figured it was about time to write a little something. This morning my reading led me to the passage of Scripture in John 2:1-11 which talks about Jesus’ first documented miracle of turning the water into wine at the marriage feast. Now I’m certain that thousands of more learned men than me have written about this passage of scripture with clarity and insight, so I’ll refrain from takin up too much of your time here. But as I was reading this story I was thinkin to myself, “how can I fit this into daily application for my life?”. I mean come on, we read sometimes just fer the sake of reading and never take anything away from it that we can actually use in our daily walk with God. But as I was thinkin about it something that one of my youth group members had said to me just flooded back into my brainpan and I wanted to share it with y’all.

 

What I’m gonna say likely has no doctrinal backing it’s simply the views of a Southern raised Hawaiian livin in Texas. I feel like that disclaimer must be given when presenting personal ideas so as not to be construed as solid facts. It’s just what i happened to take away from my devotions. OK, here we go. I still haven’t decided upon what is the most important part of this story. Was it the water, the wine, the miracle, or the vessels which contained the water? My opinion is that while obviously the miracle that Jesus performed was the focal point of the whole story, very little thought is given to the pots which contained the water to begin with. Now if my limited memory serves me correctly the Bible calls us vessels.
(II Tim 2:20-21

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.)

See, those pots that contained the water which Jesus used also contained something else. And that something else was a message of the power of God. And much like those pots we also contain a message which we are instructed to carry to the world. The same message of God’s power and eternal greatness. But unlike those stone urns we have a choice, are we willing to be used? Can God take our very ordinary ‘water’ and turn it into something useful like the wine? Can he prove His power through us or will we allow ourselves to be placed on a shelf as little more than decorations? As Christians we have a duty to perform and that is to spread the message of God’s holiness, love, forgiveness and power to a lost and dying world.

WILL YOU BE A VESSEL FIT FOR GOD’S SERVICE?

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H/T wolfiehowls.com for the graphic.

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18 thoughts on “Water to wine

  1. Ronni Kucharski says:

    Good thoughts Paul. My favorite verse in these is 5 where Mary says: “Whatever He says to you do it”. If we listen we will hear and if we obey when we hear we will be a vessel worthy of use.

    As Samuel said “speak Lord your servant is listening”. May my ears ever be open to hear His voice. One of the difficult things in my life has been trying to find my place and what the Lord wants me to do in Him and for Him. I keep telling the Lord “I’m ready whenever You are” and the Lord responds “Wait, not yet”. This in and of itself is a life lesson so I continue to pray, seek the Lord and wait for His call which I know will come because He is faithful.

  2. Ken Bluma says:

    Great. I always enjoy reading your thoughts when you tap them out for us to read. Great comments here as well.

    I just started a Bible study on the Gospel of John. This is the third week and we will be studying the second chapter tomorrow night. This will be a great discussion point for us. God bless you man, the Lord has timing.

    • Praise the Lord Ken. It’s always amazing to see the timing of the Lord. I love going back to the gospel of John now and again and rehashing over the life of Jesus and his amazing love

  3. Pingback: Tell Me a Story | Prayers and Promises

  4. Sometimes Your calling, comes in dream
    Sometimes it comes in the Spirit’s breeze, yea
    You reach for the deepest hope in me
    And call out for the things of eternity

    But I’m a man, of dust and stains
    You’re moving me, so I can say

    Here I am, Lord send me
    All of my life, I make an offering
    Here I am, Lord send me
    Somehow my story is a part of your plan
    Here I am

    Set backs and failures, and upset plans
    Test my faith and leave me with empty hands
    Are You not the closest, when it’s hardest to stand?
    I know that You will finish what You began

    And these broken parts, You redeemed
    Become the song, that I can sing

    Here I am, Lord send me
    All of my life, I make an offering
    Here I am, Lord send me
    Somehow my story is a part of your plan
    Here I am

    Overwhelmed by the thought of my weakness
    And the fear that I’ll fail You, in the end
    Oh, in this mess, I’m just one of the pieces
    I can’t put this together, but You can

    Here I am, Lord send me
    I wanna live my life as an offering
    Here I am, Lord send me
    Somehow my story, is part of Your plan
    So here I am

    Here I am, all my life an offering to You,
    To You,
    Somehow my story is a part of your plan
    Here I am

  5. It’s the lyrics to a song by Downhere. It so fits your message. All we have to do is ask God to use us. Even if our vessel is cracked or broken, He will make it whole to use for His glory.

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