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Abundant Life

As parents of three kids, one of the messages we try to help our children understand is that they hold the ability to ruin their own fun. If they are unwilling to follow instructions when we go to a fun place then we have to leave and the fun is short-lived. The ability to experience abundant life in Jesus is not much different. Scripture reveals obedience is part of experiencing a transforming, abundant life in Christ.


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John 2:1-8

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
“Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

Transformation requires obedience

Jesus attends a wedding in Cana and a problem arises. Party supplies are quickly being consumed and the beverage is running low. Jesus takes ordinary water and transforms it into choice wine. What was required for this miracle to take place? Obedience. The servants needed to follow instructions for the transformation.

John 2:9-10

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

The best life

Jesus transforms tasteless water into the best beverage. In like manner, Jesus takes a life without meaning and transforms it into one that is abundant.

In this act, Jesus changes the water of Judaism into the wine of Christianity, the water of Christlessness into the wine of the richness and the fullness of eternal life in Christ, the water of the law into the wine of the gospel.” (Morris, The Gospel According to John)

John 2:11-12

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.

Revealing Jesus

The transforming work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life reveals the reality of Christ. Fathers and husbands, who were once abusive, change into the image of the loving heavenly Father and reveal the nature of Jesus. Angry and bitter women, making a decision to follow Jesus, reflect His glory in their relationships, expressing peace, love and joy.

The challenge

Obey Jesus and His leading. Allow Him to transform your life and experience the abundance of grace.

How can you walk in godly obedience today? Share your comments below.