The most elusive endeavor: to find an item on a web retailer’s site, with solid five-star reviews.
Looking for a guitar? One person will give it a 5 because it’s pretty while another dings it cause it doesn’t have a cupholder.
There may be 69,000 great reviews but there is always a couple of 1- bombs that stops you from hitting the “add to your cart” button.
Where does one find consistent 5-stars? Jesus! He made that clear at Cana where He was a wedding guest. Back then, wedding festivities lasted a week, so it was no surprise that they ran short of wine.
He spied 6 stone waterpots that would have held about 25 gallons each. He asked that they be filled with water and then a sample taken to the boss. The headwaiter was dumbfounded.
He said to the bridegroom, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper wine when the guests are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!” – John 2:10 NETBible.com
So typical! The host of the party wants to impress so they serve the high dollar wine first. When the senses of the guests had been dulled, he would dilute the wine to make it last for the duration of the feast.
But the bridegroom, was praised for hiding the deluxe $200 a bottle stuff until the last. Of course, they didn’t know that Jesus was responsible.
Please note that the emphasis here is that Jesus turned water into 5-star wine. He had miraculously created about 2,400 servings of fresh and vibrant wine of the highest quality.
Jesus does not do average work. He produces the highest quality. But today He does it in the lives of those who trust Him.
For instance, Jesus produces quality politicians. Alabama Governor George Wallace was known as a bigoted, narrow-minded politician. In 1963 he proclaimed, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” In 1983 Billy Graham shared a verse with the man. “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul.” Wallace gave his life to Christ shortly thereafter. And in 1994 Mr. Wallace said to the world, “I was wrong. I’m sorry!”
Jesus produces quality parents: Pastor Warren Wiersbe told the story of a drunken coal miner who was converted and began to share his new-found faith. A friend tried to trap him by asking, “Do you really believe that Jesus turned the water into wine?” He said, “Yes I do.” But He has done even greater miracles than that. In my home he has turned the wine into furniture and decent clothes and food for my children.”
Jesus produces quality professionals. A friend told me, that when he began his law practice, he was not a pleasant person. But he later allowed Jesus to take control of that part of his life, and he became one of the most sought after and well-loved people in his profession.
Jesus produces quality entertainers. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy had his TV show canceled. It caused him to rediscover his faith in Christ. He said, “Money and success did not make me happy, but since I have decided to walk with God, it has changed my entire life.”
Jesus produces quality athletes. Mike Vinatieri was a kicker for the Patriots. Ask him what he has on his mind when there’s six seconds in a tied game, and it’s up to him to make the winning field goal. He says, “Trusting the Lord gives me a sound state of mind in those types of situations.”
When water was offered, it was returned as wine. When our lives are offered to Him, He infuses them with quality from heaven.
His work has been reviewed by hundreds of millions of people for over 2,000 years. He still gets 5-stars.
A PRAYER: God thanks for taking the water of my life and making it something special.
This has been Jim Johnson and pickleheavenpress.com
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.