Prayer (5 minutes):
- Praise God you’ve made it through this first week of 2017!
- Thank Him for 3 specific blessings he placed in your life this past week (don’t have to be extraordinary, just take note of 3 things He’s done for you).
- Ask Him to open your heart to the Word below. Yield yourself to Him.
- Pray for specific opportunities to demonstrate love to someone in your family this weekend.
Scripture (5 minutes): Read the passage below. Take your time. What is the phrase that resonates with you the most?
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.
When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.
When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
CS Lewis, Mere Christianity
I love this passage.
The interesting part, though, is earlier in the passage when Jesus’ mom (Mary) tells Him that the wine has run out. In telling Him, she’s implying she would like for him to do something about it. This would nod to the fact that she knew who Jesus was, and had seen His power at work. Jesus’ response is one that reveals His focus while He was here on earth.
He tells her that his hour has “not yet come.” In essence, it wasn’t time for Him to begin doing miracles, because doing so would lead Him to the path of the cross. Even in this moment of fun, jubilation, and joy Jesus’ mind was constantly on his purpose – the cross.
Yet, he serves his mom anyway. This is beautiful to me. He protests that it’s not yet His time, yet His mother tells the servants to do what He says in order to create more wine. And Jesus obliges.
His focus was entirely on His purpose and the eternal mission He came to fulfill. But, He was enough of a genuinely nice human to serve those around Him and bring joy when He could.
We would do wisely to take the same focus today. Our eternal home is certainly our destiny and should be the focus of our investments while on earth. But, God has made us human and surrounded us with people to serve, love, and laugh with. Be like Jesus. Go make someone’s party (or lunch, day, workspace) extra special today.
Blessings! See you tomorrow!