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When All Else Fails!
Topic Started: Jan 17 2010, 11:11 AM (582 Views)
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Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalms 96:1-3,7-10; I Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11

"Do whatever He tells you" (John 2:5).

There is an old legend about Moses and the Hebrew children at the Red Sea. Moses had given the command for the waters to part so that the Hebrews could go through. But the waters did not part. The waters did not part until the first person stepped into the water, in trust and obedience. The waters did not part until the first person began to act out the command.

When the wine runs low in today's Gospel Story of the Wedding Feast in Cana, Jesus' mother Mary says to the unhappy servers, "Do whatever He tells you" (Jn. 2:5). And when they do as Jesus commands, water is changed into wine: a miracle of transformation.

God wants you to be a fulfilled person. God wants you to be a happy person. But in order for Him to change your life around, He needs you to act out the command. And that means transforming the crucial question itself from "What can I do to make me happy?" to "What must I do to make other persons happy?" And you have your answer: "Do whatever He tells you!"

"Follow Me!" He tells you. "Do as I do," He tells you. "I came not to be served but to serve," He tells you. "You are here not to be served, but to serve," He tells you ...

"Do this and My joy will be in you," He tells you. "Do this and your joy will be complete," He tells you (Jn. 15:11)

We read earlier in John's Gospel, as Jesus is walking along the bank of the River Jordan, John the Baptist sees Him, "stared hard at Him and said, 'Look, there is the Lamb of God.' Hearing this, the two disciples follow Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, 'What do you want?'" (Jn. 1:36-38).

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