by David and Stephen Olford
Text: "Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it" (John 2:5).
Thought: Whenever God sets a challenge before us we should hear the overtones of the ancient command, "Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it." These words were spoken by Mary to the servants who waited on the wedding guests at the marriage in Cana of Galilee; but the words have more than an immediate relevance; they constitute a command to God's people for all time. To fulfill what is implicit in our text there must be:
I. A wholehearted submission. "Whatsoever He saith unto you." Many scholars believe that Mary held a special place at that wedding feast. She undoubtedly had something to do with the arrangements: for it was she who was worried when the wine failed. She had authority enough to order the servants to do whatsoever Jesus commanded. Obedience to an authoritative word calls for submission. There can be no reservation nor resistance when God speaks to us.
II. A wholehearted sacrifice. "Whatsoever He saith." Obedience to God's will might mean anything or everything. The attitude of the willing servant should be, "Lord I am ready at any time, for any thing, in any place."
III. A wholehearted service. "Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it." Christian service is obedience in action for the glory of God. The motivating power behind such obedience should be love to the Master. If we are to serve well, we are to serve wholeheartedly. What a word this is to each one of us as we face the challenge and demands of the winter work. God is going to say great things to us and expect great things from us. In view of this, let us remember that His Word to each one of us is, "Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it."
Thrust: "Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."