Life in Him is better than life on our own

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, January 6, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

People look everywhere but to God for excitement and meaning. For some reason, they expect God to be dull and lifeless. Just as the wine Jesus made was the best, so life in Him is better than life on our own. Why wait until everything else runs out before trying God? Why save the best until last? (NLT)

John 2:1-11 – The next day Jesus’ mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother spoke to him about the problem. “They have no more wine,” she told him.

“How does that concern you and me?” Jesus asked. “My time has not yet come.”

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Six stone water pots were standing there; they were used for Jewish ceremonial purposes and held twenty to thirty gallons each. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled to the brim, he said, “Dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So they followed his instructions.

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. “Usually a host serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone is full and doesn’t care, he brings out the less expensive wines. But you have kept the best until now!”

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was Jesus’ first display of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. –2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

Marion Speicher Brown (Florida) titled her story “QUIET TRANSFORMATION;” here is a portion of Marion’s story:

“Jesus’ first miracle began with ordinary water poured into commonplace stone jars. As far as we know, Jesus didn’t stir the water, touch the jars, or pray aloud. . . .

“. . . What did the disciples see that was so glorious? They saw that in Christ’s powerful presence, transformation happens. Ordinary water becomes extraordinary wine as willing servants do what Jesus asks.

“A similar quiet miracle of transformation happens in our lives. When we seek the presence of Christ through meditation on scripture and through prayer, the Holy Spirit changes us gradually into our Lord’s likeness. As we pour ourselves out in obedient service, we can become more and more like Jesus. Our ordinary lives can become extraordinary.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus Christ can change ordinary into extraordinary.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the ongoing miracle of transformation in our lives. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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