Tonight’s bible study topic is ringing loudly in my ears. In fact it is so loud that I feel compelled to share it with you.
2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
I know that this is a familiar passage of scripture for a lot of us, after all it is Jesus’s first miracle. But the light was shed on his response to his mother. I am sure that we can go into an in depth conversation on the way that he addressed her, but that is not where I am going here. I want us to look at his question to her…
“Woman,[a] why do you involve me?”
This is a question that we all need to ask on a frequent basis. Why do we involve Jesus in our lives? Better yet, do we involve him in our lives?
I forget which translation our teacher was reading from but it read “What does this have to do with me?” As he elaborated he shed the light on our motives behind our requests. Are we requesting God’s action for our own gain or is it for kingdom advancement?
Every move that Jesus made was strategic and purposeful. He had a reason to do everything that he did and he did all that he did simply for the glory of God and not for self gain. After all, he was going to die so what profit it him?
Today I challenge us with the question What does our request have to do with God and the advancement of his kingdom?
Will the promotion he gives us better his kingdom or will it cause us to covet the material things of the world? If he blesses us with another child will we teach them to serve him? If he blesses us with a house, we will use it for his glory or will we treat it like prize possession and never use it to benefit his kingdom? What does God stand to gain out of answering our requests?
Help us to continue to put you first in all that we do. Turn our ears to you so that we can clearly hear your strategies for our lives. Lead guide and direct us tell us what to do and we will obey. We want to be used for your glory Lord and not for self gain. Let our request be for the advancement of your kingdom and not our own human manipulations. Continue to show us ourselves in your word and help us develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with you daily….