Filling Jars for Jesus

“On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.  When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine…’ Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim.  And he said to them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.’ So they took it.  When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from… ‘You have kept the good wine until now.’ This… Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”

“Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well… A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink…’ The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?’ (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)  Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?..’  Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'” John 2:1-3,6-9a,10b-11; 4:6-7,9-11,13-14

When Jesus issued an everyday directive, He always had the supernatural in mind. Fully human, He could not help but act also as fully God, entwining the ordinary with holy purpose. Filling a practical and temporary need became at His command a display of His glory and a pathway to belief.

He always does the extraordinary with our ordinary, making significant and lasting what we see as mundane and temporal. He injects Himself into the very places of dearth, panic, loneliness, and thirst in our lives to make Himself and His power known. He elicits our involvement as He works the divine so we can know Him better and participate in His kingdom activity of transformation.

Are we in a spiritual rut in the mundane of routine? What responsibilities, duties, and even minuscule actions will we ask the Lord to make extraordinary and so reveal Himself through our best effort and excellence in their completion? What immediate or temporary pleasure will we trust Him to make rich, satisfying, and beautiful? Where do we need fresh filling in order to emanate His glory?

How intentionally do we draw from His well the inspiration, wisdom, love, patience, or joy needed for this day, then bless others from full jars? To whom are we offering soul-satiating living water?

Father, fill me with verve and joy in giving my best and all to You. Transform my ordinary human efforts into glorious and eternal offerings for your kingdom and praise.

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