Transformation – Part 3

joshua tree 2So where were we?  8th grade…Bono…the existential search for something more…Shakespeare…oh ya…

John 2 -The Miracle of Transformation!

As I was saying, the shift from psuche (soul) to zoe (spirit) centered living is a transformation. It’s the shift from Christ as an addition to my life to Christ as the source, the center of my life.   If we are going to “find what we’ve been looking for” we are going to have to embrace the change.  John 2:1-11 gives us three keys to establishing this lasting change.  These keys are crucial to understanding, receiving and walking in the Life.  Let’s read what John had to say about this miracle of transformation.

“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”  Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”  His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”  Now there were set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”  11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”

Key # 1: Whatever He says to you, do it!

The first thing we have to understand about developing a spirit-centered life is that the Spirit is to be the center!  Jesus is the center not us.  We revolve around him.  He doesn’t revolve around us.  Whatever he tells us to do…we must do!  I know it sounds elementary, but let’s face it.  Most of us don’t like being told what to do!  When Mary spoke to the servants at the wedding the only instruction she gave them was, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:5).  Notice she didn’t put any stipulations on their obedience.  If they were going to receive from Jesus they had to do whatever he instructed them to do.  Why should we think it’s any different for us today?

Here’s the thing about discipleship, it’s meant to give way to oneness.  Oneness cultivated releases us into the Life.  Oneness begins with us coming into alignment with him.  It begins by us doing whatever he tells us to do.  His words to us are spirit and they always give life! (John 6:63)

Key #2: Fill the Water Pots

Have you ever noticed that Jesus was the master storyteller?  Rarely did he ever teach apart from a parable.  There was the story and then there was the truth the story revealed.  The second key to transformation seen in the miracle of John 2 is this:  We need to fill the water pots.  What does this mean and what does this look like?

Prophetically speaking we are the pots and his word is the water.  We are to be the vessels he pours the water of his word into.  Water is vital to life.  Without it we wither and die.  Naturally speaking water washes, and water sustains.  The same is true spiritually.  The Word is the water which washes us clean and the word is that which was given to sustain us.  The key is daily being filled.  Not only did the servants at the wedding fill the water pots, they filled them all to the brim.  Don’t settle for anything less.  The zoe-centered life is meant to be a life of abundance (John 10:10) so fill yourself to the brim!

Key #3: Draw Out the Water & Present it to the Master

A key aspect of this story eluded me for years.  I never thought about it.  Then one day it hit me.  As long as the water stayed in the pot it remained water.  The water wasn’t turned to wine until it was drawn out and given to the Master!  Cleansing and sustenance come through putting water in.  Transformation and true joy occurs when we start to draw out and give away what we put it.

These three keys lead us to the main truth of this miracle.  The miracle wasn’t just that the water turned into wine.  The miracle is that the wine never returned to being water!  The transformation is meant to be permanent.  God desires our center to shift from psuche to zoe because our eternal life hangs in the balance.

Ultimately, I can’t speak for Bono.  I don’t know if he ever really did find what he was looking for.  As for me…I found it.  It’s oneness with Jesus, and the beauty is that I discover more of it every single day!

 

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