As I was reading one of my favorite books, ‘How High Will You Climb?’ by John Maxwell, I’m reminded of the importance of obedience to the Word regardless of what’s going on in and around me. I am excited to share this information as explained by John Maxwell in his book. I pray it will be a blessing to you as it was to me.
As written by John Maxwell,
During a time of congregational renewal at Skyline Wesleyan Church, where I am the senior pastor, my heart was challenged with the words of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who said, “Whatever He [Jesus] says to you, do it.” I shared with my congregation this thought of obedience drawn from the story of Jesus’ miracle at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-8).
Whatever Jesus says to you, do it, even though:
- You are not in the ‘right place’ (v.2): They were at a wedding and not a church when Jesus performed the miracle. Some of God’s greatest blessings will be at “other places” if we will be obedient to Him.
- You have a lot of problems (v.3): They had run out of wine. Too many times our problems drive us away from Jesus instead of to Him. Christian renewal begins when we focus on God’s power and not our problems.
- You are not encouraged (v.4): Jesus said to those at the wedding, “My hour has not yet come.” Instead of being discouraged by these words, Mary laid hold of the possibility of a miracle.
- You have not walked with Him very long (v. 5): The servants who obeyed Jesus had just met Him, and the disciples had just started following the Lord, yet they were expected to obey Him.
- You have not seem Him work miracles in your life: This was our Lord’s first miracle. The people in this situation had to obey Him without His having a previous track record.
- You don’t understand the entire process: From the biblical story we can draw out a definition for obedience. It is listening to Jesus and doing His will. Inward obedience provides outward growth.
I pray that you were encouraged as your read that excerpt. Even though we don’t see the entire path or know where our obedience will take us, we can rest assured that it will work for our benefit – working together for our good.
Blessings to you and yours this Christmas season 🙂