In the first two chapters of the book of John is a passage about Jesus performing the first signs of His glory—specifically, turning water into wine (John 2:1-12). Now a few things can be drawn from this particular passage. But let’s reflect on the deeper meaning behind what was required of the servants, who were the only ones to actually witness the miracle.
Before the miracle took place…
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
Sure, Jesus could’ve filled the jars Himself, or at least helped them with it, but He chose not to. Instead, He instructed the servants to do it themselves. My good friend, David Lee put it best one time by telling me…
“Sometimes God uses your obedience to Him, which is necessary to witness the miracle.”
So what do you think God is wanting YOU to do first, BEFORE He performs the miracles in your life? What are the jars in your own circumstances that He might be asking you to fill up first, or pour into before He changes them into wine?
Today, mediate on what it is that you may need to work on, or the initial steps you need to take before God addresses the struggle you’ve been praying about. This concept can even be looked at as a “return on investment” of sorts. Or to put it another way—give a little, get a lot. The servants in the above passage did a small, mundane task in preparation for the Lord to come through in a BIG way.
If you’re at a loss for seeing God work in your life, consider making the effort to meet Him halfway. What steps can you take to get closer to Him, and for Him to reveal a little bit more of Himself to you? It would be foolish to expect to see an immediate transformation into wine, until you first start to fill your own container with water.
After all, if your container is completely empty, God doesn’t really have much to work with.