Thanks for sharing what you’re learning in John people! It’s great that we’re reading the same text and yet hearing God giving us different briefs for our day! Please keep sharing when you can. For those just checking in, click here to see get our week’s readings from the gospel of John.
Okay, a disclaimer is important here. I don’t promise to blog every day! But for now I’m on a roll so why not? Thanks for the prayers. Yesterday went well and it was great introducing the Mavuno Downtown team and our new interns to the rest of the Mavuno staff team. Introductions took a couple of hours! Is it easier leading the Mavuno staff than a business team? Yes and no. Everyone being a Christian certainly helps. But unfortunately (!), we’re all human beings; people with issues and mixed motives, who need God’s help, just like anyone else. Add this to the fact that when you work in a church, your work supervisor also happens to be your pastor. So if you have issues with your boss…. One of my most fervent prayers for this large team is that we will work well together. That each of us like John the Baptist would put the mission first, without worrying about who gets the credit. And that God will give us much love for each other.
John 2:1-11 is a passage I have preached from often, so I asked God to give me fresh ears so that I would hear His voice, and not my own thinking. The word that stood out for me is when Mary tells the servants in v.5, ‘do whatever He tells you’. Why her choice of words? Did she suspect Jesus would ask them to do something unorthodox? If so, she was right. Filling up six 30 gallon jars of water takes time. Not the kind of distraction you want when you’re facing a critical wine shortage at your boss’s party that could embarrass him greatly. And maybe get you fired!
And yet the servants obeyed anyway, despite their probably not fully understanding. And the result was not a temporary solution – a few bottles of wine for the high table, which might have been what the servants had thought realistic. Instead it was enough wine to keep the party going for days (which is how long wedding celebrations took back then)!
Lord, today and this year, even when the stakes are high, please help me prioritize listening to you. Please speak to me clearly. And when I hear you, may I do whatever you tell me, even though it doesn’t make sense to me at the time. And even when it does not seem to be the safe thing to do. AMEN
Have a connected day!