How Should We Respond to Jesus?
A Life That Obeys Him
We often associate obedience with something negative, but it also provides freedom… Ken’s illustration of the purchased slave being set free. You mean I can go wherever I want, do what I want, be whatever I want? Yes. Then I choose to be with you.
5 Questions that Help Define Obedience to Jesus:
- Do we recognize our desperate need for Jesus in the routine matters of life? (John 2:1-3) – Ken emphasized the common place, people, public gathering, and practical need. If we don’t trust Jesus with the details, we have a pseudo-faith.
- How well do we know Jesus? (John 2:4) – When Jesus used the term “woman” he was emphasizing the change in his identity. He was moving from a familiar context to a formal Christ.
- Are we prepared to trust Him before we ever get the details? (John 2:5) – Mary tells them to do whatever he asks. He is the authority, don’t let fear stop us.
- How much do we value Jesus including us in His work? (John 2:6-8) – Jesus does not just speak the miracle but involves others to make it happen. 2 Corinthians 3:6 refers to our being made adequate.
- Do we really understand that Jesus’ way is far better than anything we could ever achieve or offer? (John 2:9-11) – the disciples were invited to observe and become believers. We are called to the best life, not one of mediocrity.
Be the empty pot and allow Jesus to fill us as he sees fit. What we bring is never enough but Jesus can change what we are into what he needs us to be. Allow Jesus to fill us to the brim.
Questions for Further Discussion:
- Why are people interested in miraculous or supernatural events?
- What makes an event miraculous or supernatural?
- What supernatural or miraculous events have you witnessed?
- Where did the wedding take place? (John 2:1)
- Who was at the wedding? (John 2:1-2)
- What did Jesus’ mother say to Him? (John 2:3)
- What was Jesus’ response to His mother? (John 2:4)
- How did Jesus’ mother respond to His reply? (John 2:5)
- What were the water jars used for? (John 2:6)
- What did Jesus tell the servants to do? (John 2:7)
- To whom did the servants take the water? (John 2:8)
- What happened to the water? (John 2:9)
- What was the banquet master’s response? (John 2:10)
- Why did Jesus perform this miracle? (John 2:11)
- How did Jesus’ disciples respond to this miracle? (John 2:11)
- How have you had faith in Jesus’ power this week?
- What is something you would like Jesus to change in your life?
- What recent miracle has Jesus done in your life?
- How does Jesus reveal His glory to us today?
- In what ways has Jesus transformed you into a new person?
- How has Jesus given you a new life?
- What things has Jesus done that have caused you to have faith in Him?
- What is one specific habit or characteristic you will ask God to change in your life this week?
- How will you enjoy today the new life Jesus has given you?