On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
How often do you feel like you are wasting time, money, energy, or something you value?
We read books and listen to talks to find more productivity, profitability, efficiency or authenticity. Why do we do that? Because we reflect the image of God who created both invisible and visible world – then it was good.
We have a panoramic view of utility from the beginning of creation to the consummation in Genesis and Revelation.
Genesis 1:1-2, Genesis 2:8-10, and Revelation 22:1-2
The Spirit of God hovered over the dark and deep primeval waters that represent chaos, darkness, and emptiness. Then God creates the visible world by the power of his word.
The Garden of Eden and the New Jerusalem are the pictures of original creation and the final consummation of the world that goes from good to glorious.
This is what you want. This is what God has given you – a desire for goods and services. Being useful, productive, effective, and valuable are the yearnings of our souls.
Apart from Jesus, instead of utility, you get futility.
Apart from Jesus, no matter how productive you are, you will end up being unproductive.
The bad news is that we want what God can do for us and not God himself.
We just want utility so we can create our own ecstasy and dignity.
We want money and technology to create our own garden of Eden or paradise: heaven on earth. People at different ages do this: from school playground to video game consoles, to online dating sites, to religious organizations, to business ventures, and to government organizations. Same with profitability, efficiency, or authenticity.
Futility is the result of sin
You feel like you are in a rat race. Trapped in the performance trap.
Separated from the Loving Other – God the lover of your soul.
You listen to the lusting other – Satan the buyer of your soul.
You exchange your time, talents, energy and innocence with what the lusting other has to offer: ecstasy (all kinds of pleasures), dignity (respect and sense of worth as well as meaning and purpose) and utility (what’s in it for me, what works, return on investment: the bottom line).
You choose to become your own hero and Christ – the one who is in control of health, finance, and spirituality.
What are the areas of your life that you feel like it’s been a waste, failure, and useless?
Are you trying so hard on your own to make something useful or good out of your life?
Jesus creates utility in and through your obedience.
Mary tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.
Jesus tells them to “Fill” “Draw” and “Take.”
Christian life or life of following Jesus is simple: trust and obey Jesus.
By grace, Jesus came to rescue us from our futility so that you and I can be fruitful by bearing the fruit of the Spirit.
God loves you and sent his Son the fallen, broken wasteland to deliver you from the curse, chaos, and the waste of sin, misery, and death both now and forever.
Jesus became your futility so that he can create utility in and through you.
He rose from the death to become the first fruit so that you and I can receive new life and bear fruit.
The only difference between those of follow Christ and those who don’t is the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
That is why we do not boast of our own good works or goodness because what we have received is by grace and grace alone.
We are created and redeemed to be God’s workmanship – be useful tools at his disposal.
When we obey Jesus and live good lives, God receives the glory through the reflection of the good work.
Jesus turns your life of futility into a life of utility. He creates good in and through your obedience by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What is Jesus telling you to do?
Is Jesus telling you to repent?
Is Jesus telling you to believe in him?
Is Jesus telling you to trust in him?
Is Jesus telling you to follow him?
Will you do whatever he tells you to do?