Are you reluctant to step up?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

“When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’” [John 2:3-4]

Have you ever been asked to step up to a responsibility only to respond, “Not now?” I remember just two weeks after my arrival at my first pastorate an individual from the Police Department came to me and asked me to be a volunteer police chaplain for the department, as they urgently wanted a woman pastor to join their ranks. Although, I didn’t use Jesus’ words, I definitely did not think it was time for me to step up, for I barely knew what it would take to be a pastor let alone add the responsibilities of being a volunteer chaplain, too. Fortunately, for me the individual was patient with my response and not persistent like Jesus’ mom. Yet, Jesus’ mom didn’t take no for an answer. Instead, she boldly directed the servants to do whatever Jesus said. Mary knew that her son could save the hosts from embarrassment at this wedding, by being generous with his God given abilities. Are you generous with your God given abilities? Or are you reluctant to step up and share generously of your God given abilities or resources? Reluctance is a common theme in the prophets as well as in us.  We hope someone else will step in or we make excuses as to why we are not the right person for the job.  As you pray with this text, how might God be speaking to you? 

Prayer

God, your giving knows no ending, yet mine does. When asked to step up, I am quick to make excuses.  Help me to see that who I am and what I have been given is to be shared with others.  Make me an instrument of your generous grace. Amen.

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