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7 July – Winemaking


I think God must love parties because the first miracle that Jesus did in his earthly ministry was at a party. It was a wedding feast and Jesus miraculously turns ordinary water into extraordinary wine, giving us a lesson in the fact that miracles don’t just happen at church or “religious gatherings”, but in the everyday events and circumstances of life too.

We all from time to time could do with Jesus coming on the scene to turn our ordinary into extraordinary; where our circumstances require a supernatural turnaround, whether that is in our finances, relationships, health, or in our emotions or spiritual life.

Jesus’ mother Mary told the servants at the wedding celebrations, “whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:5) The servants obeyed and as a result water was turned into wine right before their eyes.

When we need Jesus to turn our ordinary into extraordinary perhaps it would be wise to heed the advice of Mary and “whatever he says to us we do it.” To do what Jesus tells us even if we don’t completely understand why he asks.

That at times may mean making some real changes, or even taking some drastic action. It no doubt will require some faith on our part to be willing to follow Jesus’ instruction, to offer what we already have, and to do whatever He tells us to do. But I’ve discovered more than once that following Jesus’ Word to me, and doing whatever He says is the price for transforming our circumstances and our life.

Stop and consider what you have today, and what do you need? Then take the time to seek Jesus and to spend time in the Word of God and in prayer. Be encouraged as you do, that when we do what Jesus says, and give Him what we have, a heavenly exchange occurs and our ordinary can become extraordinary, as He meets all our needs.

“When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no more wine”… then Jesus’ mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”…

Now six stone jars had been set there for the Jewish rites of purification. Each could hold from twenty to thirty gallons; Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water”. So they filled them to the brim. 

“Now draw some out,” He said, “and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not know where it had come from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom and said, “Everyone serves the fine wine first, and then the cheap wine after the guests are drunk. But you have saved the fine wine until now!” (John 2:3-10)

Prayer: Lord help me to recognise what I need from you, and where my life needs you to put the flavour, vibrancy and joy back into it – much like water being turned into wine. Please give me eyes to see and ears to hear what you are telling me to do. I want to be courageous enough to act upon whatever you ask of me, and willing to do WHATEVER you tell me, even if I don’t understand it completely. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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