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“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.”

- 1 Peter 1:14-15

 

Not Easy. Doesn't Make Sense.

Not Easy. Doesn't Make Sense.

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“Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ When the jars had been filled, he said, ‘Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.’ So the servants followed his instructions.
When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. ‘A host always serves the best wine first,’ he said. ‘Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!’ This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:6-11)

If you ask anyone what Jesus’ first miracle was, those familiar with the Bible could tell you it was turning water into wine. The way He went about it was pretty unusual. One gallon of water weighs 8.31 pounds, so thirty gallons of water would weigh 249.3 pounds—and that’s not including the weight of the jar itself, which would have been made of clay. What Jesus was asking was not easy to do. As we read through the Scriptures, and when we put them into practice by following Jesus and obeying his commands, we find a lot of his commands are like this: not easy and don’t make sense initially. For example:

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

If you have ever tried to put this into practice, you know it is not easy to do. And if you have ever been persecuted by someone, the natural reaction is not to pray for that person. Not easy. Doesn’t make sense, initially. When we consider the enemies Jesus had (we are included in that list) and the persecution he faced, and we see that even from the cross He prayed for the people who were killing him, we understand how to love like Jesus loves and obeying His commands can become easier and make more sense.

“Confess your sins to one another” (James 5:16). This is one of the hardest things to do as a Christ follower. Tell someone your dirty secrets. Confessing your sins is not easy to do and initially it doesn’t make sense; in fact, it seems like the exact opposite thing to do. The lie that Satan tells is that if you’ve sinned then you need to cover it up and keep it to yourself! As followers of Christ we are called to confess our sins to God and to one another. It’s not easy and it doesn’t make sense initially, but when we experience the forgiveness that waits on the other side of confession, we can grow to understand the importance of confessing our sins and keeping no secrets.

It’s only when we walk closer with Jesus, by studying the Bible and remaining in constant prayer, that we grow to understand His great love for us, and through that understanding we can better obey His commands. Things that seem too hard or confusing begin to make sense in the Light of Christ. At first it may not be easy and it may not make much sense. As Jesus said, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23). Filling up six thirty gallon jars of water and taking a cup of water to the host doesn’t sound like a solution to running out of wine. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t make sense, but the servants obeyed Christ and experienced a miracle. If you love Him, you will do what He says. What miracle might you experience if you obey what Christ is telling you to do? It may not be easy or make much sense at first, but walk closer with the Lord, don’t focus on your understanding of things, and just obey. 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

—Redeemed

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