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Being Filled for Christ
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim (John 2:7)
Jesus was a guest at a wedding in Cana. When the wine ran out, he changed water into wine. There were six stone water jars, each with a capacity to hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants to fill the jars with water, and they filled them up to the brim. According to the gospel account, it was noted that the quality of that wine was superior to what the people had already consumed. Jesus changes that which is brought to him. The water was colorless and tasteless, but Jesus transformed it. Our dull lives can become good wine poured out for others when brought under the power of Christ. When he changed the water into wine, he did not instruct the servants to fill a jar but to fill all the available jars. He did not tell them to half fill the jars. Jesus does not do things in half measures. When I was a child, I would be sent, by my mother, occasionally, to the local shop for groceries. The shopkeeper used to make up bags of sugar which were filled from a large tin drum. He would fill the sturdy brown paper bags with the scoop and then shake it to fit in more. Jesus said, “…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap” (Luke 6:38). Paul prays that the Ephesians, ‘may be filled with all the fullness of God’ (Ephesians 3:19). It is inevitable that such filling will result in overflowing? Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). God gives a good measure, and not only good quantity, but excellent quality. The emptier we are, the more he gives. Live life fully in Christ!