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05/08/2009

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Jesus' Mom - A Lesson Of Obedience


"His mother said to the servants, 'do whatever he tells you'" (John 2:5).

I have saved Jesus, mom for my last devotional about women this Mother's Day week. The particular incident I am writing about takes place at the very beginning of Jesus' ministry. It seems that a social "faux pas" has happened at a wedding feast in the village of Cana. (as a side note, I find it interesting that Jesus, His mom, and disciples are invited) In verse 3 Jesus' mom comes up to Him and tells Him the news...."They have no more wine." It seems as though Jesus is reluctant to be involved and then Mary utters these wonderful, confident words to the servants....""Do whatever He tells you."

It must have been a really big wedding feast because Jesus had the servants fill six stone pots each holding between twenty to thirty gallons with water. Now according to John, Jesus had not performed any miracles up until this time. When the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned to wine, he was not privy to what had transpired. But commenting on it he said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first.....but you have saved the best for last" (V 10).

Mary knew Jesus better than anyone there. She had the wonderful confidence of a mother...A very special mother. It is this confidence that convinced her that He could handle this situation. The lesson to me is quite clear. We ought to take Mary's advice. We should listen to what Jesus says. Whether it is about belief, service, obedience, life, spiritual responses, or dealing with people. It is up to us to obey what Jesus says. When we do what He says, and only do what He says, we find the good that results....The servants obeyed and they got the very best of wines.

When we are obedient we also get the best that Jesus has to offer. If we are obedient to the last we get the best that is waiting for us..A place that Jesus is preparing for us at this very moment. So.....Next time we are reluctant to obey a directive from Jesus we need to remember Mary's words...."Do whatever He tells you." From Mary we learn the wonderful lesson of obedience..

Have a great day...Let your light shine brightly for Him today....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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