When Risky Obedience Leads to Abundant Blessings

Have you ever felt God call you to do something risky and wondered if it’s worth it? 

In today’s Bible Study Moment video, I’m sharing with you some insight into the story where Jesus turns water into wine (John 2:1-11) based on my recent study of the text with the Simply Bible Study community.

Basically, if you’re unfamiliar with the story, Jesus and His disciples are at a wedding in Canna, Galilee, when Mary realizes they’ve run out of wine. This was a huge faux pas for the host in their culture, so she asks Jesus to take care of the situation, and tells the servants to “do whatever He tells you.” Jesus then instructs them to fill some jugs up with water and take a cup to the master of the feast, and the master remarks that this is the best wine he’s tasted. Jesus turned the water into wine!

So far, so good.

But if you look closely, Jesus tells the servants to draw water out from the jugs and take it to the master of the feast, apparently BEFORE it had been transformed into wine. That’s risky obedience! Taking water to the master of the feast at such an important event would have appeared cheeky, disrespectful, and possibly caused grave repercussions. And yet they obeyed. No matter how outrageous or illogical it seemed, they obeyed Jesus. 

And Jesus provided abundant blessings when they obeyed.

There were 6 jugs at that wedding, each holding 20-30 gallons of water. And Jesus turned all 6 into wine. That’s 120-180 gallons of wine! That’s A LOT of wine!

But that’s how Jesus often works, displaying His glory and power through our own weaknesses:

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask for or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

What illogical, risky thing is God calling you to do today? How would your “yes” to Jesus, your risky obedience, display His power in your life?