“Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). These are the words that Mary said to the servants as she did what God told her to do, prepare the way for Jesus to do his thing, his first thing, his first sign in the Gospel of John.
Mary told the servants to listen and obey, and the servants did what they were told. There is no record of them talking back, questioning, or ignoring the request to do whatever Jesus told them to do. They didn’t say to Jesus, “but these are just water pots.” They just did what they were told.
It must have been strange to them. They knew they were out of wine and Jesus told them to fill up some water pots. I wonder what they were thinking. Did they even know who Jesus was at the time? Were they there when John the Baptist identified him in John 1? Did they hear John’s testimony, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Did they hear John when he said, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.” Did the servants know who Jesus was or were they just being obedient?
Actually, it doesn’t matter because they chose to be obedient. They did what they were told. They filled the six water pots with water and waited for Jesus to do the rest. Imagine that. All they had to do is fill some water pots and they were part of a miracle. They were part of something greater. They were part of a movement of God. All they had to do is to do what they were told, as simple as it was.
I hope by now you know that I am talking about us modern day believers. Sometimes we make God’s call to do something so complicated. Well, I know I can. I can take a simple instruction and blow it way out of proportion. Usually, when I do this it is because I am relying on my own flesh to get the job done or I am trying to prove myself to humans or make up for some lack I feel.
But, that is not what God wants from us. God wants us to do whatever we are told to do, nothing less and nothing more. It’s just that simple. While the task may seem like it will not make a difference, in the grand scheme of life, it will because that one simple part connects to the grand design of God.
The servants filled up some water pots, and the water was turned to wine by Jesus. The little boy offered up his lunch and Jesus fed thousands. Simple acts lead to big results when they are part of the big plan of God. Simple acts lead to big results when they connect to the power of Jesus Christ.
Without Jesus, those water pots would have just been pots filled with water. But, when Jesus did his thing, the water became something greater. The greater was the result of the greatness of God. The servants’ role was obedience. Jesus’ role was to perform the miracle.
Today, as you reflect, think of the simple thing that God is asking you to do. Remember, that while simple, each act of obedience prepares the way for Jesus, Our Miracle Worker.