John 2:5 Do Whatever He Says To Do

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5

Being told what to do is one thing many people do not like to have occur. Most people like to be able to make their own choices, to control their own destiny.

It is very common to hear of a person losing his job because he refused to do what he was told to do. He tries to work in his own way, rather than follow company policies and procedures. People often think that they, the individual, knows what is best, rather than trust those who have already walked that path and do know what is best.

Jesus was at a wedding that had run out of wine to drink. Jesus’ mother approaches Him about it, but does nothing, at first. His mother tells the servants to just do whatever He tells them to do.

The moment a person chooses to become a believer, a follower of Christ, he gives up his personal choices. At that moment he is to make Jesus Lord, the chief boss, over his entire life.

In order for Jesus to be Lord/Master, He must be obeyed implicitly. There is no room for question, doubt or refusal to obey, regardless of how crazy something may sound or be.

God, being the Creator of everything, does actually know what is best for each and every person in each and every situation. In knowing what is best, there will be times that God will tell someone to do something that sounds insane, such as telling the servants to serve water at a wedding as though it was wine.

When the believer actually trusts God and does what he is told to do, it opens the door wide for God to do what only He can do. It allows God to do miracles and change lives and situations.

There will be times in your life when God will ask you to step out and does some crazy, insane, even dangerous thing. Rather than turning the other way and ignoring God, do what He is telling you to do.

Never allow yourself to shirk back in fear or doubt. Boldly go forward, knowing that God is in control and knows what He is doing in asking you to do something. God has a plan for your life.

Ask yourself if you are willing to do whatever He asks you to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice guiding you in what to do; that you will do whatever God asks you to do; and that you will see God do great things in and through you.

Proverbs 20:1 Dangers Of Alcohol

Drunk man

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 

Alcoholic beverages are one of the most common drinks around the world. People love to have some wine or beer on a regular basis.

While there is nothing wrong with having a drink, it is often very difficult to stop right there. Many people will have multiple drinks. Usually enough drinks in order to get them drunk.

It is exactly at this point that a person is being led by the drink. The drink is now in control, and not himself.

In his wisdom, Solomon realized that wine and beer are dangerous if a person is led by them. One being led by alcohol is not being wise.

Being drunk is a common site to see among many people. It is also very common to hear of the results of one being drunk. Drunk driving, fights, harassments, and wrong words being said all come when one is drunk. They are being led by the alcohol, rather than by God.

Every believer is to be led by God. They are also to maintain self-control of everything that they think, say or do. Under the influence of wine or beer, one is not in self-control, nor are they allowing God to be in control, but are under the control of the wine or beer.

This is not wise for any person. It is giving up what is best for some short time pleasure that causes disaster. It will change the character of a person, causing him to say and do things that he would not normally do.

Families, friendships, and jobs are often destroyed by the influence of wine and beer in the life of a person. While the world may enjoy traveling down this road, the believer must seek to avoid it and be led by God’s Holy Spirit, not wine and beer.

You may be one who enjoys a little wine or beer once in a while. Be careful that you do not allow yourself to be overcome by the alcohol. Do not allow it to control you.

It is better to abstain from all alcohol, than to be controlled by it, even one time. It can quickly cause you to do irreparable damage in your life.

Allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit to bring you His peace and rest after a hard day. Allow God to control your life, not some man-made thing.

I pray today that God will give you wisdom in all of your decisions; that you will choose to be led by God in all areas of your life; that God will give you strength to not be led by alcohol; and that God will keep you from the sin of being drunk. 

1 Timothy 3:8 Worthy Of Respect

“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.” 1 Timothy 3:8

Paul had just given an extensive list of qualifications for an overseer or pastor. He now talks about the deacons. He gives them the same requirements.

It is easy for people to look at this list and think it is not for them. They are not a deacon so it does not matter. Often they will enforce these things on the deacon. Yet, all of these things are good for any believer.

Respect is something everyone wants, but not everyone deserves. When a person is harsh, cheating, vulgar, lying, lazy, or many other negative things, there is no respect earned. Every believer should be living a life of respect.

Believers should be sincere in what they say and do. There are some who just joke around all the time, there is no sincerity. Be sincere in the job, service, ministry, family, and anything else.

The world loves to have their drink in excess. Believers should be limited. The Bible does allow for some drinking, but not in excess. Personally I do not agree with any at all, but it is on the line that if I, as a believer, drink a little, a non-believer may see and choose to drink a lot. I would feel responsible for his going to far. Either way, no one should ever get drunk.

Believers must also not pursue dishonest gain. This is getting something that you did not work for. This can be honor and praise for someone else’s work. Each person must earn what he gets.

How are you living your life today? Do you have these qualifications?

It does not mean you must be a deacon, but just that you are living a life worthy of respect. Jesus lived this type of life and you are supposed to live like He did.

Seek God for strength and direction to live your life like Jesus did. Turn from the wrong ways.

I pray today that you will strive to live for God; that God will guide you in how to live for Him; that the world will see that you are a believer in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Corinthians 11:28 Examine Yourself

“Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28

One of the things Jesus wanted believers to do on a regular basis was to eat bread and drink wine (or juice) in remembrance of His death on the cross. Today churches do this and call the process: communion. In this passage Paul is discussing the eating of the bread and wine. He had stated that there is a wrong way to eat it. Before eating the food, a person is to examine himself.

The eating of the bread and wine, does not change a person, make him/her better or worse, or remove any sin. It is only to remind a person of what Jesus has done for him. It is representative of His body and blood. Now keep this in mind.

What does it mean to examine yourself? It is to take a serious look at your life, not just the outside surface of your life, but your inner heart and soul. What does your heart look like? What is the condition of your soul?

The whole purpose of Jesus death on the cross was to pay the price for your sins and remove them from your life. When you had sinned, you had a death penalty put on your head. You were guilty of sin and were to be punished by death. Jesus died in your place.

After dying for you, He rose from the dead and was willing to take away your sins. All that you had to do was repent of your sins and accept His forgiveness.

When you take part of communion, you are remembering what Jesus did for you. As you take the bread and wine, is there sin still in your heart and life that has been left un-confessed? If there is, you are bringing judgment upon yourself. You are rejecting what Jesus has done for you, even though you are “remembering” it.

Take a serious look at your heart and life before you take part of communion. Repent of any sin in your life. Ask Jesus to forgive you. Then you will be clean before Him as you take part of the communion, as you remember what He has done for you. Do not allow yourself to fall into judgment.

I pray today that God will reveal to you any sin in your life; that you will repent of all sin; that you will turn to Jesus and follow Him; that you will examine your life daily to keep in line with Jesus; and that you will know what Jesus has done for you.

John 2:5 Do Whatever He Says

“His mother said to the servants, Do whatever he tells you.” John 1:5

Jesus, the disciples and Mary (His mother) were at a wedding. While there the servants had run out of wine for the guests to drink. Mary mentions this to Jesus. At this point Jesus does not do anything about it. She then turns to the servants and tells them to do whatever He tells them to do.

Later Jesus has them fill the jars with water and serve the water. That water was turned into wine. This was one of the first public miracles that Jesus had done.

The Bible does not show that Jesus had ever done any miracles as a child or even later for His mother prior to this event. What is shown is that Mary had complete faith in Jesus. She knew that whatever He said would work. She knew that He had a level of control that no one else ever had.

What Jesus had to them do was crazy. If that water had not changed, they would have been out of a job and disgraced. It would have been unthinkable of serving the head people of a wedding water, yet that is what it appeared they were doing. Mary and those servants had to trust that Jesus knew what He was doing.

Although nearly 2,000 years have passed, the words are still the same. You and I are to do whatever Jesus says. He does not always ask you to do things that sound crazy, but He does ask you to do things. Regardless of how it sounds you are to do what He says.

Who knows? Maybe what you do will be recorded down in history as a great miracle, like those servants that served water that turned into wine.

How willing are you to follow Jesus? Many will follow Him in words, but not in actions. Are you willing to take the action He wants you to take? Are will you let fear stand in your way?

Step out and trust Jesus. He will not fail you. Do whatever He says, it will be worth it in the end.

I pray that you hear what God is telling you what to do; that you will trust the words of Jesus; that you will do what God asks you to do; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.