Have you ever run out of gas? I have and it’s embarrassing! Everyone looking at me, and I know what they were thinking, “what kind of dummy run’s out of gas?” Me!
And guess what? When you run out of gas you have to have help. Someone has to stop and pick you up or bring you some fuel. When you run out of something you generally need someone to help you. It’s humbling and revealing all at the same time.
Everyone is has run out of something at one time or another. Food, time, money, patience,…. there is something we have all ran out of or we are afraid we are going to run out of it.
The sheer thought of not having enough of something can trigger anxiety in anyone. I’m always concerned that I’m going to run out of creative ideas to speak. Afraid I won’t have anything to offer to those who rely on me.
I’m afraid I won’t be enough for my family or friends. That I won’t be able give what they might need me to be. It plays over and over in my head; “ What if I don’t have what they need? What if I can’t be who they need me to be?”
Earlier this year lots of people were afraid of running out of ‘toilet paper or paper towels.’ It’s always something, right? If we are honest with ourselves we are all afraid of “Running out of something?”
What is that you are afraid of running out?
That you don’t think you have enough of?
It should not be lost on us that the very first miracle that Christ performed is at a wedding where they had “RUN OUT OF WINE.”
The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” (John 3:1-3 NLT)
He did not show up until they had “RAN OUT” of wine. The “Maker” of the grapes knew they were out of wine, “He already knew they were out of wine.” It is His “MO” to wait. He waited till Abraham was 99 to fulfill His promise.
Mary and Martha should have remembered this scenario when Lazarus died. Jesus waits! He waits until our resources have dried up and then He shows up!
When the wine was gone the Miracle could begin.
In those days running out of wine at a wedding was far more embarrassing than running out of gas. Your future Mother-in-law could actually sue you for running at of wine at her daughters wedding. It was an absolute disgrace. It brought great shame upon the families.
Jesus did not scold the wedding planner. He did not lecture them on their failure to provide. Jesus does what he came to do. He removed the shame.
Jesus does not come to “POINT OUT” our sin and shame.
Jesus comes to “POUR OUT” His grace and compassion into our empty lives.
This is the opening moments, the first miracle of the Ministry of Jesus.
Into our emptiness, into our moments of “not enough,” He reveals that He is the source of all that we need
Frankly, if we are in relationship with Jesus we can never run out.
Read John 11:25
Many people settle for what He does “for” them, but they miss what He is trying to be “to” them! They settle for the RESOURCE and miss the REVELATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP that He desires with you.
If your attachment is to the resource and not the relationship you will eventually exhaust the resource … you will run out at some point. But if you cherish the relationship above the resource you will never run out of the resource.
If your attachment is to the revelation of the relationship you will always know who He is…AND YOU CAN NEVER RUN OUT OF THE RESOURCE.
So what ever you need He can be because he is the great I AM … or as David says The Lord is My (you fill in the) __________________
Go ahead, think about it. How would you fill in the blank?
Read John 2:6
God will always use something that is “Nearby.”
It’s in your house. It’s in your hand. It’s in your mouth. The seed of your miracle is closer than you think. It’s not in another town, another car or another wife. It’s within your reach.
It is always something very “Normal.” This time is was “stone water jars.” They were not gold plated, or diamond decorated. Just something normal and natural that were common. God always uses common stuff to do uncommon things. Ordinary things become extraordinary in His purpose.
Read John 2:10
Now…. not merely on the last day or in the day of resurrection. Jesus comes into the “nowness” of our lives and addresses this moment.
What is that something that is normal?
What have we overlooked?
What is God doing right Now in our lives?
Read John 2:11
THE FIRST SIGN OF JESUS WAS TO PROVIDE WHAT THE HOST COULD NOT PROVIDE!
A sign always points to something beyond itself. This miracle, this sign was more than turning water into wine. It was about revealing the identity, the glory of who Jesus is to all of us.
The disciples got it and they put their faith in Him.
From the very beginning of His earthly ministry Jesus was revealing Himself as the One who could and would meet every need of our lives. And more than being what we need He is “LIFE” itself.
I started this devotional by telling you about how I ran out of gas in my Jeep. It was embarrassing. But you know what someone brought me gas and I was saved.
Running out of gas in your car is one thing, but running of out of gas in your life is another.
Have you ever felt like you had run out of gas, personally?
You just couldn’t go any further?
I think there are a lot of people that are feeling that way right now, you are not alone. The fact is there is not one who can bring you a can of fuel to get you going again.
JESUS IS … RESURRECTION AND LIFE!
Jesus came to give you LIFE! Real and eternal life. Life that never RUNS OUT.
His first sign reveals that He comes into our lives when we have RUN OUT of life. He comes and take the water (our ordinary) and turns it into wine (extraordinary, abundant).
Will you let HIM?
Will you let Him change the water into wine?
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Rom. 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Go ahead, admit it, you are empty. You have run out of gas, life. Go ahead, ask Jesus to come into your heart and turn your water into wine. Let Jesus be the Lord of your life.