"Most serve the good wine first, and then when guests have drunk their fill, they bring out the cheaper quality wine. But you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:10)
We’ve all heard the excuses. Maybe you’ve used some yourself. “I would follow Jesus, but I don’t want to give up ___.” “Yeah, I know what the Bible says, but I think ….” “I want to enjoy my life right now. I’ll get serious about God when I’m old.”
Those excuses are usually spouted by someone who believes himself quite clever and original for thinking of them. The truth is, those excuses were created in Hell’s excuse-factory and pumped into the atmosphere by the devil himself. He loves to propagate the idea that surrender to Jesus is the death knell for happiness. He has harnessed culture, entertainment, and media to help spread the lie that God’s plan is inferior to his. If we want REAL living, we will only find it his way.
History tells a different story. When Jesus turned ordinary water into wine, it wasn’t just moonshine. He made wine of the highest quality, superior to anything the host had provided. He was demonstrating that when we leave a problem in His hands, He takes the solution to a higher level. He can take our ordinary and turn it into a miracle. He takes pain, heartache, and struggle and turns it into beauty, purpose, and a life that is superior to anything we can produce. Jesus is looking for ordinary people through whom He can produce the extraordinary.
When we trust Him in spite of suffering, obey Him in the face of temptation, and walk with Him even in the darkness, He takes us to a higher level. He transforms ordinary people into miracle-working kingdom builders. Our transformations demonstrate to the world that Jesus has “saved the best till now.”
Are you making excuses or are you allowing Jesus to transform your “ordinary”?