“Do As He Tells You . . . “

Most people are familiar with the miracle of Jesus changing the water into wine. What I’d like to focus on is how the servants reacted.  Mary had just told her Son that the host had run out of wine for the marriage celebration. Out of respect for his mother, Jesus had asked what he could do for her? These were her next words to the servants:

 “Do whatever he tells you.”  (John 2:5)

Notice that the servants immediately obeyed our Lord’s command.th9274KWM0

What they didn’t do was:

1.  Complain. Jesus isn’t boss over me! Who does he think he is?  No, they did as He told them . . . without hesitation.  So should we. God is Sovereign and should be our Master over all things. He commands us to keep our earthly temple Holy. Do as He tells us:

“For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) 

Yet we fill our temples with artificial chemicals and junk food which ultimately destroy. That doesn’t honor our Lord’s Sacrifice.

2.  Argue that he asked the impossible. (It’s only water! How can I offer this to my master!) No, they did so without debate for they believed Jesus would do something miraculous.

Do we believe or do we argue? It’s impossible for me to stay on a diet, I’ve failed so many times! Is this really important? Nothing is impossible with God if we focus on His Will for us.  Some patients have lost over a hundred pounds which they once thought was an impossible quest too. Train your mind to obey and conquer doubt with successful, focused goals.

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:27)

3. Find an excuse. They didn’t question if it would be too strenuous. (Gee we’ve got to carry these heavy jars where??? But I’m not strong enough.)  No, they found a way to complete their task.

Okay, be honest how would we react? For crying out loud, I exercised yesterday – and you think I should exercise again today? or I didn’t eat junk food yesterday so I can have junk food today. Discipline yourself.  Stop trying to justify your behavior. Just do it!

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”  (Philippians 4:13)

Controlling our body isn’t easy even when we desire to. After we’ve decided to change, expect roadblocks and challenges soon afterwards.  You see, the devil knows our weaknesses and will throw temptations in front of us.

Expect:

Peer Pressure: But I made this just for you! Oh surely a little won’t hurt? Flee temptations.

Temptation:  Our favorite food will suddenly appear when we are the most vulnerable. Like chocolate, chips or donuts. Remember anything is fine in moderation but if it is a trigger food and we aren’t disciplined enough to control it, turn from it!!!  It’s a test and how do we feel when we fail at tests? Lousy. Never give in to the devil’s sneaky temptations. Remember Adam and Eve gave in and where are we now?

Mental trials: If our brain is tired, it will go searching for energy. Food is simply energy. Cut temptation off before it starts by consuming something nutritious every few hours.

Emotional Issues: Sometimes a cookie isn’t just a cookie. Sometimes a cookie represents comforting childhood memories of home and security.  Think before acting impulsively. Do it immediately without debate. Do as He tells you . . .

“Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:5)

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8 thoughts on ““Do As He Tells You . . . “

  1. The great battle for the mind, as the mind goes so do we go. We are what we think and focus on. I need to reprogram my mind to think God’s thoughts. Satan uses the “just a little leaven” approach often. In fact he was “subtil” as mentioned in his first temptation of Adam and Eve. He rarely uses a full frontal attack, but creeps in little by little.

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  2. If I could add, #4 Reject the job. These pots were used for washing hands. They didn’t have toilet paper back then. However on the command of Jesus even the most filthy are cleansed and put to good use for the Master.

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  3. Amen, this is an excellent example of how every passage of Scripture can be mined for truth in so many different ways. The Bible is, indeed, active and living, and sharp!

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