Monday, February 1, 2010

Whatever He says

It's so simple, yet we can make it so difficult. It's so clear, yet our hearts deceive. The scene was a wedding feast and the host ran out of wine--an embarrassment to his hospitable image. Jesus was there, along with his mother Mary, his family, and his disciples. And Mary's statement reveals the simplicity.

"Whatever He says to you, do it." (John 2:5)

They were out of wine and she knew intimately the one who could solve the issue. So she instructs the servants, "Do whatever He says." Whatever He says. Simple.

Now, I am not telling you to beseech the Sovereign ruler of the universe if you run out of wine at your next party--that's not my point, though He could do it. My point is that Mary knew Jesus personally--intimately--and she knew that the things He said were life.

When He instructs, "Forgive all offenses. Bless those who curse you. Love your enemy," He is speaking life and freedom to us. When we take up our cross and crucify self, then we will experience the abundance He died to give regardless of circumstance. He is bigger than the moment. He is fiercer than the fire. He speaks and it comes to pass. His ways bring blessing to the depths of man.

"Whatever He says to you, do it." Words by which to live.

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