Friday, September 30, 2016
The Secret to Miraculous Transformation
Sam Wiley loves the book of John. I might be wrong, but he appears to have memorized Chapter 14. Maybe more. He quotes it. A lot.
His constant quotes sent me back to read and study in John, and it's been like balm on an itchy spot. Beautiful truths. Beautifully written.
This morning, I'm looking at the story of the wedding in Cana as told in John 2. You probably know this story. The family hosting the wedding was in big trouble because they had lots of guests, but had run out of wine.
Mary, Jesus' mother, came to Him with the bad news. "They're out of wine."
Jesus hesitated. I don't know if wedding wine was what He'd planned for His introduction into public ministry or not. Maybe the look on His Mama's face touched his heart. His hesitation lasted only a moment.
As a mom, I know when my son's attitude about something softens, just by looking at his face. Mary did, too. She turned to the servants and gave them the wisest advice anyone has ever spoken. "Whatever He says to you, do it." (John 2:5)
The miracle wasn't done yet. The evidence of His power hadn't been revealed. But she knew. She'd kept everything that had happened since before Jesus was born treasured in her heart. She'd probably recalled those memories hundreds of times over the years. Somehow, she recognized it as a pivotal moment and gave those servants the key to following Jesus before His ministry had begun.
"Whatever He says to you, do it."
Those are wise words we'd do well to heed.
Whatever Jesus says to do, do it. Those instructions were the key to miraculous transformation, and they still are.
Today, let's get still enough to listen and ask Jesus to speak into our hearts. Listen. Then, obey. Simply obey.
In case you missed the story of Sam's project, here's the link: Sam's Project: Rubber Boots for Barefoot Rwandan Children
If you'd like to give to help buy boots for the barefoot school children of Rwandan, you can go directly to the project page here: Help Sam's Kids. There's still a LONG way to go. I'll have an update later this morning.
In case you missed yesterday's post, here's the link: Three Reasons We Don't Have to Fear Spiritual Warfare