Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water…” And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” John 2:7, 8
The servants’ obedience plays an important role in this story. When Jesus says, “Fill the water pots,” John records “they filled them up to the brim” (2:7). When Jesus says, “Take it to the master of the feast,” John records, “So they took it” (2:8).
Jesus Christ could easily have turned water into wine without any involvement from the servants, but he did not choose to do so! God works with his people. He works as his people pray and as his people are actively involved in his service and in obedience to his commands.
Blessing came to the wedding guests through the servants’ obedience and not without it. Gifts of grace come from the hand of God, but they are received by his people through the prayers and the work of his servants. The New Testament refers to us as “God’s fellow workers” (1 Cor. 3:9).
Here’s the principle: God will do what only he can do, as you do what he has called you to do. That’s why it is never enough for God’s servants to pray, “Lord, we want you to bring revival.”
What do you do when the wine is running out? You pray. You ask Christ to help you and you submit yourself to his will. But you don’t leave it there. The gift of the new wine is given as the servants are obedient to all that Christ told them to do.
Does your current practice of prayer include asking, submitting yourself to his will, and then being obedient? Which area is the weakest for you?