Saturday, February 2, 2002

His Disciples See a Glimpse of His Glory

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. "Usually a host serves the best
wine first," he said. "Then, when everyone is full and doesn't care,
he brings out the less expensive wines. But you have kept the best
until now!" This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was Jesus' first
display of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
-- John 2:9-11 (NLT)

It wasn't the right time. It wasn't the right place. It was,
however, the right Lord! So when Jesus asked, and people obeyed, the
disciples got to see a little of Jesus' awesome glory and their faith
was stoked! The little ember of their faith in Jesus was set ablaze.
Let's not forget that is what John's story of Jesus is all about;
John wants to stoke the flame of our faith until it gives us genuine
and eternal life. Being a disciple of Jesus is all about daily
accompanying Jesus through the ordinary ups and downs of life, doing
what Jesus asks us to do, and looking for his glory to be revealed to
us. We change, our lives are enriched, and our faith is set ablaze
when we obediently journey with Jesus each day.

Holy and righteous God, my loving Abba Father, give me today the
bread I need for food and the grace I need to share with those around
me. As I live my everyday life, please help me see Jesus' glory at
work in ways I never have before. Father God, I don't ask this for
my entertainment or for my selfish interest, but so that my faith may
grow stronger and my Christian witness more powerful, to your glory.
In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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February 2, 2002

As it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind
has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.
-- 1 Corinthians 2:9

Many of the things we anticipate and dream about are much less
glorious in real life than they were in our imaginations. There is
one event, however, that is better than we can imagine and beyond
our wildest dreams. When Jesus returns to take us home to be with
our Father, it will be far better than we can ask, imagine, dream
or think. Maranatha - Come Lord Jesus!

Abba Father, thank you for knowing me before time began. Thank
you for crafting me in my mother's womb. Thank you for sending
Jesus to pay the price for my sins. And thank you in advance for
the day Jesus comes to take me home to be with you forever.
Through my Conquering Savior I pray. Amen.