Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water;” so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. (John 2:7-9)
The first miracle of Jesus was turning water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. The master of the banquet and the guests were impressed with the tasty, good wine, but the servants? The servants witnessed a jar of water that they had poured themselves turn into wine. They must have been astounded!
There is a big difference in the way the lives of the guests in this story and the lives of the servants would have been affected after the wedding in Cana of Galilee. The guests benefitted from the wine, and perhaps even commented on it on their way home. The servants, having personally witnessed that miracle, would have never forgotten that night.
God still works very personally in our lives today, but many of us settle for hearing a good sermon or reading good spiritual books instead of having encounters with God ourselves. We don’t realize how closely we are able to fellowship with God because we’re used to being spiritually spoon-fed bystanders. We flock to others who are walking with Him and talking with Him, and glean all our sustenance from them.
Experiencing God firsthand is nothing like experiencing Him secondhand.
I’ve heard it illustrated like this: Imagine a juicy burger. A delicious, double-stacked beef burger, with all the fixings – lettuce, tomato, applewood bacon, cheese, pickles…whatever you like.
You take a bite. It’s warm; the juices dribble down your chin, mayo spills out of the sides. Heaven!
Do you think that your experience would be the same if someone else chewed up that same burger and spit it in your mouth?
You’d be eating all the same ingredients, right? Getting all the same nutrition? Would you be satisfied living the rest of your life eating food that was chewed up by someone else for you?
Why then do you think you would be satisfied living the rest of your life being spiritually nourished by already chewed up spiritual food? You’re robbing yourself of the joy and bliss that comes with being intimate with God!
Don’t be a bystander and let other people’s encounters with God be enough to feed you spiritually. It’s good to listen to sermons, read books and listen to music that uplifts and blesses you, but refuse to let those things be the foundation of your relationship with God.
I assure you that when you ask God to speak to you directly through His Word, He will. Get up, take your jar of water to the Lord and ask Him to transform it. Accept the ultimate invitation to commune with the indescribable, uncontainable God of Heaven. Experience Him firsthand. It will completely change your life.