Your blessing is not hidden in doing what other people do. It is not hidden in following the instructions given to someone else. In the kingdom economy, you must learn to hear, distinguish and follow the voice of God for yourself. If you want to prosper and see the words of Jeremiah 29:11 come alive in your life, God has a customized plan for you. It hinges on you listening and doing whatever he tells you.
He has been thinking about that plan for quite some time. He has been imagining what it would look like if you actually listened to him and did what he said. It reminds me of this story. Jesus was at a wedding with his mother. They had run out of wine and that was somewhat a disgrace for the groom and family. Mary turns to Jesus for help. Jesus tries to back out by saying it is not my time yet. Mary ignores her son, turns to the servants responsible for the wine and simply says, whatever he tells you to do, DO it.
I have often wondered what the conversation sounded like between those servants when they were deciding who was going to give the taste of wine to the governor.
“you give it to him.”
I’m not going to give it to him you do it!
You the manager!
So what, you are the wine keeper!
What are we going to do?
Whatever he tells you!
Finally, after arguing for a while, they take the wine into the governor and you know the rest of the story.
Somebody probably got a bonus that night. Or at least a big pat on the back. Maybe even a promotion. All because they were willing to take the risk of looking really foolish at the words of Jesus. They knew there was water in those pots. But somehow between the pots and the Governor’s mouth, the wine showed up at the words of Jesus.
What has Jesus been telling you to do? Have you done it? Or are you wondering if the water is wine? One thing is for sure, it will never turn into wine until you have the guts to do what he says.
John 2:6-10 King James Version (KJV)
6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.