Most of us know the story of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana as John recorded it in his gospel. Jesus, his mother, and his disciples were all attending wedding festivities when the supply of wine ran out. This was a big deal. In middle-eastern culture, this would be a serious breach of the accepted concept of hospitality. In our day, we would say it was a major feaux pas. Nevertheless, Jesus’ mother, Mary, knew that there was someone who could help, so she went straight to Jesus to tell him about the problem. Jesus was a bit hesitant to act, but Mary didn’t waver for even a nanosecond. She looked at the servants standing nearby and said, “Do whatever he tells you.” We all know what happened. Jesus turned water into wine and when the master of ceremonies tasted it, he remarked that the host had saved the best wine for last.
As you remember the miracle and recall the power of Jesus, don’t miss the power in the words that Mary spoke. She said, “Do whatever he tells you.” I can’t think of better words of wisdom to offer anyone in this world than those simple words. Listen to Jesus and do whatever he tells you. That’s what being a follower of Jesus is really all about. We complicate things and create massive lists of behaviors that we think defines what it means to be a follower of Jesus. We think that if someone if a follower of Jesus, then they will look like, act like, sound like, and be like me. You’re using the wrong measuring stick if you’re using your own life to measure others. Our rules and regulations are not what defines what it means to be a Christian. I’m not saying that standards aren’t important, but if we really hear from Jesus and do whatever he tells us to do then we won’t have to worry about whether we’re doing the right thing or not. It needs to be said that he won’t ever tell you something that doesn’t line up with what has already been revealed in the Bible, but it doesn’t change the fact that he still speaks to his sheep and leads them as a gentle shepherd. Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice.” You know when he’s dealing with you about something. That’s the moment to put Mary’s words into action. Do whatever he tells you.
Following Jesus is simple, but simple doesn’t imply that it’s easy. Golf is a simple game, but anyone who has tried their hand at it will tell you that it’s not easy. (There are few human activities that have tried my patience and tested my faith as golf has.) The fact is that his ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are elevated and sophisticated beyond our simple, human comprehension. He may tell you to do some things that don’t make a lot of sense to you, but he sees what you cannot see and he knows what you cannot know. It’s in the moment when he tells you to step off a cliff (figuratively speaking…please don’t jump off a cliff), you are faced with a decision to trust his knowledge and his plan or to trust your own reasoning. We must remember this: His way is perfect. His way will make sense in the end, but we may never fully understand in this lifetime.
It really comes down to the simplicity of a song I used to sing when I was a child in children’s church. Trust and obey. Listen to Jesus. Trust that what he’s saying is good, right, and holy. Do whatever he tells you.