I Am the Wine
Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” John 2:6-10
Ah ha moments. Ever have them? They are the times when the light bulb switches on and we get clarity on a situation, a verse, or a person. I had one of those yesterday and I can see this changing my life.
I had been struggling with confidence in an area of my life, and I have this problem of forgetting who I am in Christ. My friend said to me, “You are the vessel of water that Jesus turned into wine.” And I said, “Yes, but I still see myself as water.”
When we are in Christ, we are miraculously changed just as Jesus miraculously turned the water into wine at the wedding celebration. And just like the wine Jesus created, we are not mediocre…we are the best.
But, like me, do you still see yourself as water? Do you fail to see that you are cherished, beautiful, perfect in Christ? Are you still looking at your past and wondering how God could take you with all of your imperfections and your bad decisions and turn you into something miraculous?
That’s the cool thing about God. He can take anything that we have done and make it into something good when we surrender it to Him. Our past doesn’t define us…God does. Our imperfections don’t define our worth…God does. Our self-inflicted mediocrity doesn’t define us…God does. He takes our past, our imperfections, our mediocrity and turns them into extraordinary. Because of Jesus, we are extraordinary!
I am the water Jesus turned into wine. I am the wine. You are the wine. Let’s promise each other that beginning today we will no longer view ourselves as ordinary water, but as extraordinary wine.