He makes impossible things possible.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26 NLT
All week, we’ve been building faith in the faithfulness of God, and His promises to us, His children. We’ve come with clean hands and pure hearts before the Father, ready for Him to move as only He can do.
One thing that God has been challenging us on over and over again recently is to live above our means. The Spirit has been stirring us up to live the kind of life that doesn’t make sense or add up on our terms— the life that won’t be possible without His strength and His power. Today, we want to challenge you that if the vision you have (for your life or those you love) is easily attainable and can be accomplished by your efforts…maybe it’s time to start dreaming with the Father. He wants to do impossible things, well out of our means, just because He’s that good. He’s called us to a life of abundance and MORE than we’ve ever experienced (or maybe even asked for) yet.
Have you ever witnessed a miracle?
Recently with a friend this story came up, and ever since it’s been stirring us up. Do you remember Jesus’ first miracle? The one where He’s at the wedding and He turns the water into wine?
In John 2:1-12, it tells an interesting story about this miracle that maybe we should take and apply to our own faith today.
There’s so much about this story that is amazing but what stuck out to me was the role of the servants, behind the scenes. We see that Jesus, His disciples and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were invited to attend this wedding. The hosts run out of wine. In our day and age, that means – you send someone to the store. In this culture and time, it was absolutely humiliating as a host and incredibly insulting to the guests. So when Mary realized what happened, she went to Jesus – the only One who could help. Jesus does not reply to His mother as we might picture the Son of God should. In some translations He says, “No – it isn’t My time to do these kinds of things.” Mary, unfazed by His response instructs the servants to do WHATEVER He says to do. There were 6 empty stone water pots nearby and Jesus instructs the servants to fill the pots with water up to the brim, then take them to the master of ceremonies. Interestingly enough, the servants had to take action. This was no easy task as each water pot held 20 or more gallons of water – water that they didn’t just pour from a spigot but had to get from a well – that’s some work with NO explanation of the outcome…”just go fill the water pots” and then… (each full pot would weigh 166-ish pounds, and filling all 6 pots would have been a minimum of 1,000 pounds of water). Although that was hard work, the hardest part was yet to come.Now they had to present the water to the master of ceremonies. They did as they were told – seemingly without conversation or question – radical obedience. Can you imagine – how those servants must have felt? Walking to the front of the celebration with these pots of water, knowing the master of ceremonies is expecting wine. Jesus didn’t tell them the end of the story or how things would turn out. Were they sent to make a spectacle of the shortfall, to humiliate the host?? No, Jesus covered them in love. WHEN or AS they poured out their pitcher for the master of ceremonies to sample, the water became wine! When he tasted the water that became wine, he was impressed (he didn’t know where the wine had come from… but the servers knew.) He called the bridegroom over and bragged on the quality of the wine – commended him on saving the best for last.
So what does this have to do with us? SO MUCH.
-For a miracle, the servants had to use some elbow grease. Sometimes, we tend to think, ‘If it’s God, He does it all.’ When in actual fact, God does miracles but He chooses to partner with us, meaning – we have a part. We do our part, He does His.
-The servants were radically obedient! They immediately did ALL Jesus told them to do – seemingly without hesitation, without question, they just did it.
-They had extreme trust – trust instead of faith because they weren’t told what was going to happen – just what their part was. They didn’t have a Scripture to stand on, they just had to trust that this Jesus was trustworthy. (This was His first miracle – they had no other thing to base this action on.)
-They took a risk and dared greatly – it wasn’t Jesus presenting the end result. These servants laid it all on the line. They were going in front of everyone to pour out what they put in…water. It took some guts to do this – AS THEY POURED IT OUT, the water became wine— wine that everyone bragged on, and knew nothing about, except the outcome – that it tasted great—the best! Which is the only way Jesus does things – the best.
-They had the richest reward—they had a hand in bringing this miracle to pass. They knew the behind the scenes (AND didn’t panic, or quit). They did as they were told and as they were obedient, God showed up and showed off. NO matter what things look like it isn’t really the problem/issue/real situation; God can show up and change everything! A fact can NOT compare with The Truth – He is the Great I AM. Nothing is impossible and God always works through people. He does what only He can do but He chooses to accomplish His work through people connected with Him.
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT
Whatever God is asking of you, we pray today that you would partner your “Amen” with His “Yes” for impossible things.
We love you and can’t wait to worship together tonight at 7 pm! There is so much to celebrate in Him—all His promises are Yes & Amen!
Pastors Josh + Tori