January 13 - To The Brim.
"Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them to the brim."
Three days after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in Jordan, Jesus and His disciples were invited to a wedding. We all know the familiar event quite well. So well in fact, that we may skip over the details when reading through the passage. Don’t skip or run through the Bible. When we skip, we miss things that we could have seen if we would simply walk through His Word.
When you grab a glass out of a kitchen cabinet, and pour your favorite drink into it (mine would be Coca-Cola, battery acid cleaning powers and all), how far do you fill it? The level probably depends on how thirsty you are at time, or maybe on how much is left in the container. But let's assume you have plenty to spare, how far from the top do you fill it? Probably not to the brim.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, had told the servants at the feast, "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it." She had told them to obey Him. So, when Jesus spoke the words in our text, they knew what they were supposed to do. "Fill the waterpots with water." They didn't fill them like we probably would have; they filled them to the brim. I believe they filled them as much as they possibly could. That the water was completely level with the top of the waterpots, and that maybe some even spilt over because they had filled them so much out of obedience. Can't you see the water running down the side, eventually reaching the floor?
Once they were filled, Jesus commanded them to "Draw out now." Can’t you imagine the servants’ faces when they drew out a colored liquid after knowingly filing them with clear water? As a colored liquid spilled down the side now, I'm sure they looked around at each other wondering if the other servants saw what they were seeing!
Ever wonder why they filled the waterpots as much as they could? They obeyed, but I believe it's more than that. Not only did they do what they were told, but also they wanted to do everything in their power because they must have known He was different. Mary said to do whatever He told them. They wanted to serve Him with all the resources they had. They could have filled them half full, or 3/4... But “they filled them to the brim.”
How often in our service to the Lord do we give Him half or 3/4 of what we could? We obey, but we don't go the extra mile. We don't fill our vessel to the brim. We want to do just enough to get by or maybe even what is expected of us. Attend Sunday Morning Service, but stay home or run errands during the Evening Service. And attending a mid-week service is just completely too much to ask from us sometimes. Or we'll attend all the weekly services, but the other five days of the week we are empty of service. That's not how these servants were. They filled their vessels to the brim.
Christian, fill your life to the brim today.
Go the extra mile for the Saviour Who went the extra mile for you.
Genesis 25-26 | John 13 | Proverbs 13
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