Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water;” so they filled them to the brim. John 2:7 (NIV)
While reading the account of Jesus turning the water into wine in John 2, I found myself asking questions about the job given to the servants. The six water jars Jesus instructed the servants to fill held 20-30 gallons each. So I randomly chose a total of 150 gallons. I don’t know how many, if any, of the jars were totally empty. I presume that much of the water had been used ceremonially by those who had come to the wedding.
I wondered how many servants were sent to get the water and how far they had to go to get to the nearest well. When my wife Linda and I lived in Guinea-Bissau, we were fortunate to have a well in the yard of the house we rented. Most houses did not have one. For us it was a mere 30 feet to our storage barrel. For others it was up to 50 yards. In villages in the Bible it could be hundreds of yards. That’s a long way to carry a total of 150 gallons of water.
In addition to carrying the water, it had to be drawn up from the well. I wonder how deep the well was from which the servants pulled the water. Our well in Guinea-Bissau was approximately 60 feet deep. It was a special well. I found a pulley in a store and rigged it to make drawing the water easier. I had the only pulley in town—and to the best of my knowledge—the only one in the country. Without the use of a pulley, water was pulled hand over hand via rope and bucket and then dumped into a tub or pot used to get the water home. That could get awfully heavy after a while.
What really impressed me was that the servants filled the jars to the brim. I realized that is what I want to do with any assignment given to me. I want to do it completely, and I want to do it well. I want to do it for Jesus even if it appears I am doing it for someone else or simply because it is my job. I’ll let Him decide whether He turns it into wine or leaves it as water.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord …
Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
By David Smith
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