Filled to the Brim

Shortly after Jesus was baptized, he attended a wedding reception in the town of Cana, in Galilee.

Apparently Jesus felt very comfortable at such a party, and I imagine Him laughing, mingling, and having a good old time with His friends.

On day three of the seven day celebration, Mary, Jesus’ mother, noticed the wine had run out. To run out of wine at a Jewish wedding celebration was an embarrassment and disgrace to the hosting family. Mary turned to her Son and said, “They have no more wine,” (John 2:3) as if she expected Him to do something about it. I can almost see her raised eyebrow and the mischievous twinkle in her eye.

“Dear woman,” Jesus said, “Why do you involve me? My time has not yet come” (John 2:4).

Mary turned to the servants and said, “Do whatever He tells you.” Mary seemed to understand Jesus’ power before anyone else.

Jesus told the servants to fill six thirty gallon stone jars with water.

So they filled them “to the brim.” Then He told them to draw out some water and take it to the master of the banquet.

When they did so, the master tasted the water that had been turned into wine.  He then called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

I often wonder what would have happened if the servants had filled the pots half-​full or three-​fourths-​full. I imagine Jesus would have transformed exactly what they put in. Likewise, God will transform just as much of our lives as we give Him. I don’t know about you, but I want to “fill it to the brim,” give Him all of my life — every bit of it. I want to give Jesus all of my marriage…to the brim.  All of my ministry…to the brim. All of my finances…to the brim. All of my parenting…to the brim.

How much of your life do you want Jesus to transform?  How much of your life have you given Him?

About Sharon Jaynes

Sharon Jaynes is an international conference speaker and the author of 17 books from Harvest House, Moody Publishing, and Watherbrook/​​Multnomah. She has written numerous magazine articles, and she’s a frequent guest on radio and television programs such as Focus on the Family, […]

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  1. I want to give Him EVERYTHING to the brim!

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