Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Filled to the brim

John 2:7 Jesus saith unto them, "Fill the water pots with water". And they filled them up tho the brim.
I read this passage of scripture and wondered at the response of the servants, they reacted in way rarely seen by mankind. Jesus Christ gave them a command and they not only obeyed, but went above and beyond the call of duty and fulfilled not only their obligation, but then did a little bit more. I wonder how we would have reacted if we were put in the same situation? The truth is we are put in this situation every day, we have commands from Christ that we are required to live in every day.
The first thing we do when confronted with the command is to question Jesus' command. We consider ourselves logical beings who can discuss the situation with God. Unlike the obedient servants we say, "But Lord, if I tithe, how will the cable bill get payed?" The fact being God asks us to obey without questioning. We are not called to look at what we think the results will be and then act accordingly. We are called to obey, if we do that the end results are in God's hand, we will not be held accountable for what happens if we only obey.
Secondly, more often then not we do only the amount required to scrape by. Christ tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, so we drag ourselves to church on Sunday morning, and just let the rest of the services slide by, resting in the fact that we've fulfilled our "obligation" to God. These servants did not consider it an obligation, but an opportunity to carry out zealously. If we reacted the same way they did we would be in church Sunday morning, night, Wednesday night, and any other opportunity presented to us.
If commanded to tithe, we would give ten percent and then some, when commanded to pray we would not pray for five minutes because we had to, but all day, wherever we were, we would pray without ceasing.
Why don't we start acting with the zeal that these servants did? God asks us to fill our water pots with water, do we fill them to the brim, or fill them halfway? Do we obey out of obligation or out of love? Do we leave the results up to God, or argue with God, thinking ourselves more logical then God. Although we would never word it that way, that is exactly what we're doing when we disobey Christ's commands because we think we've got a better way. Let's forsake ourselves and simply obey what Christ has asked of us. We sing "Trust and Obey", but do we act it out or simply pay God lip service? Let's commit to never give the world a reason to laugh us to scorn, by obeying Christ with all our might and filling our water pots to the brim.

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