to obey is better than sacrifice I am inspired by the servants in the story of the wedding at Cana, the ones to whom Mary said, “Do whatever he tells you.” For this story to even be recorded, it must have been told by those obedient servants.

Through their act of obedience, we have Jesus’ first miracle recorded for us.

Jesus asked these servants to do really strange things. Consider this: The water pots were never meant to carry wine; they were for ceremonial washing.

And the problem was that there was no wine, yet this strange man asked them to fill the pots with water!

Still, they obeyed.

Then Jesus came up with another one: “Draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” Take water from the worthless pots to the master of the feast? Are you crazy?

Yet they obeyed again, and then a strange thing happened. The water became wine, the richest wine of the day.

The feast’s master drew his own conclusions (verse 9), as must have many others in attendance that day. Only the servants knew the full truth.

The deep truths of God are always revealed to those with an unwavering willingness to do whatever He says. “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22).

Obedience seems to be one of the most profound virtues of any of God’s servants.

Some of the most resounding feats will be achieved by those considered the least.

Remember the feat of the little servant girl, without whom Naaman could possibly have died a leper. My dear brothers and sisters, watch what Jesus is doing with the life of those little ones.

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” — John 2:5, NIV

Prayer: Jesus, please help us to seek Your will always and to do it without wavering. Open our eyes to see the work you are doing in the least around us. May Your holy name be praised always. Amen.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ronnie Kaweesa works as a Water Specialist for Compassion Uganda.

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  1. Rev. Eldrick lal
    Jun 27, 2012
    at 2:44 pm

    Well written and quite simple. Many people in the church and outside the church are highly talented, gifted and able. But the irony is that they are not available. In summary, God is more interested in our availability than ability and gifting.

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