Filled to the Brim

Nick Grande
John 2:1-7 “And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.”


I can remember a few times growing up when one of my parents gave me a task that I was not too thrilled to do. Reluctantly, I would go about fulfilling the task, and I can remember upon completion my dad saying something along these lines, “Son, you did the job, but you didn’t do it the way I wanted you to.”


When I read this passage earlier this year, three observations were made during my time of devotions and I would like to share those briefly with you.

1. The Direction from Authority

“Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” If you are like me, life is full of direction from different authorities, and we must understand that direction from our spiritual authorities is of the utmost importance. We receive direction from our Pastor, our Sunday school teachers, our parents, our ministry leaders, and so many others that have a spiritual influence in our lives. If we are wise, we will take heed to their direction as the servants did in the passage. Also, on the flip side, as an authority may we, like Mary, direct those following us to do whatever the Lord has led them to do.


2. The Call from Christ

Christ told the servants to take the water pots and fill them with water. The next observation that I’d like to point out is that we also, like the servants, should be listening for a call to action from our Lord. In addition to listening, may we be faithful to observe what He has already laid out for us in His Word. “Why wait for a call when you have a command?” Jim Elliot said, “Why do you need a voice when you already have a verse?”


3. The Followers' Fulfillment

The last observation is my favorite, but also very convicting. The servants took Christ’s command and fulfilled it to the best of their ability. Christ told them to fill the pots, but notice that they “filled them to the brim.” What is the point? Christ gave them a task that may have seemed insignificant; however, they took their pots and filled them to their capacity.


What’s the challenge this morning? Based on these three observations, I believe we all can make these three applications today:


1. Obey our God-given authority.

2. Listen to the commands that God has given to us in His Word.

3. Fulfill what God has laid out for us to the best of our ability.

Nick Grande

Bro Grande serves in our music and media ministry, and teaches the Solid Rock Singles Class. He and his wife Hannah have one daughter named Allison.

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