January 3, 2017 Genesis 5,6; John 2
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Ordinary to Extraordinary | Tara Wiley
S~ Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim. John 2:6-7
O~ In this first miracle that Jesus performed, He chose to use a basic vessel – something ordinary – and fill it with water – the most basic of liquids – to create something extraordinary, the best wine.
A~ This is the way God works: He takes the ordinary (like dirt) to create something extraordinary (human life). He makes the most banal items (tents of canvas and camel skin) and makes them sanctuaries for the most holy (His presence). He does the same in me – taking my clay-pot life, and in filling me with the Holy Spirit, making me into His home, His hands and feet. In this way, I am a continuation of that first miracle – made clean once and for all, no longer needing to ceremonially fill and empty, pour and clean, in order to be presentable to God: now He is within me, always, and because of His presence, His covering, His filling (“this wine is My blood, shed for you”), I am clean – new – and He is saving the best for last, the day that I get to take on the glorified body that fully reflects the work He has begun in me.
P~ Wow, Lord, how I love Your word! I love Your ways. I love the way that You weave it all together, beginning to never-ending, from the dust of the earth to the wine-blood You shed, all symbolized in this first miracle. I am so humbled that You choose to fill me with Your Spirit and make me new. I am so grateful for the miracle that is! Help me to forever live with a conscious awareness of the miracle You’ve done in me, so I can boldly represent You to others. There are problems I cannot solve – questions I cannot answer – but I can always offer You, the very best wine. Let me be part of Your transforming work in this world, part of Your miraculous ways.
Deep Belief | Kim Chipman
S~ What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:11 (NIV)
Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. John 2:23 (NIV)
O~ When people saw miracles – things that could not be explained outside of God’s power – they believed.
A~ I think this is still true today. The problem is, often I don’t really SEE the miracles for what they truly are. I take so much for granted, or worse yet I think somehow I’ve got it. HA! I have nothing. I am completely dependent on You. My belief/faith grows deeper and deeper as I have eyes to see it. As I shift focus and recognize it. Then I see so very many things that can not be explained outside of God’s power.
P~ Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief! Help me to see Your power and the signs of Your glory which are all around me. Grow my belief deep. I love You!
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