Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Action of a Disciple.

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

If we've said it once to our children, we've said it a dozen times: "You've asked, we've answered."  Sometimes I would like for them to just do what their mother and I ask them the first time instead of us repeating ourselves over and over again.  But, we still love our children despite having to repeat ourselves.

This verse is from John's account of what happened at the wedding in Cana.  I've read this passage many times and I am afraid that many of those times I've missed the point.  I looked at the fact that Jesus blessed the marriage with His presence.  I wondered what was being said about alcohol in this passage.  I looked at the relationship that Jesus had with His mother.  All of these are valid issues that are mentioned in the passage, but what stuck out to me yesterday was the uninhibited trust that Mary had in Jesus.  She said to the servants, "Do whatever He tells you."

I want to be a disciple of Jesus.  There is no doubt about this, but what is the action of the disciple.  It is as Mary reminded the servants, "Do whatever He tells you."  There is an inclusive bent on this command.  As a disciple, our response is not to question or to delay.  We are to do whatever Jesus tells us.

What is He telling me is found in the Scriptures.  Passages that tell me to pray for and love my enemies.  Passages that tell me that make disciples.  Passages that remind me to worship and praise my God.  Whatever He tells me, the action of a disciple is obedience and we, as disciples, are to obey the first time.

Oswald Chambers, "Delay is quiet rebellion and rebellion is sin."

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