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?
H/T wolfiehowls.com for the graphic.