“Do whatever he tells you,” his mother said to the servants
John 2: 5
If we did as we were told the world would be a different place, but we believe rules are for breaking and what a mess we are making!
Our hope, we are told, is in doing what we are told, but it only needs a few to break the rules to make hope seem so far away.
If we started to do what Jesus tells us to do then we will be surprised by impossible changes in the world, but we are reluctant to do what we don’t want to do. Our hope is in vaccines to save us from Covid, but also in people doing as they are told so why not “Love your neighbours as you love yourself….!” If we do as we are told we will keep each other safe! Our hope is in doing what we are told, but we believe rules are made for breaking so what a mess we’re making!
God told people in the beginning to care for the world and help it grow, but we haven’t done what we were told and what a mess we’ve made (Genesis 2: 28-30). God told us not to touch one tree in a garden of many trees, but we don’t like doing what we’re told so death is knocking on the door. (Genesis 2: 16-17) God has told us what to do so many times, but like disobedient children we do what WE want to do. When we do what we are told, the world will become a better place, just like the water into wine, so why don’t we do what we are told?
If we do as we are told the world will become a better place, but too many people can’t afford to stay at home or can’t cope on their own. They can feel abandoned in the wilderness and under attack, but if we remember what Our Father has told us the Son will save us as the Spirit leads us. If we do as we are told we will trust the Word of God, not leap into the crowds and expect God to save us from the virus or think we are so powerful that nothing can harm us. Well, when we were baptised we promised to do as we were told and if we do we can make the world a better place. O Jesus, what has happened to our promise to serve thee to the end?
At our baptism we are making a promise to look after the child we find at Christmas and as we hold him in our hearts, he holds us in his love. The challenges do not go away, but that love becomes greater than our fear and so we can travel through the wilderness in hope when we do what we are told to do. In my reflection on baptism this weekend I suggest it is like adopting a child who we love as our own and we will sacrifice our lives in helping him grow in strength and wisdom. If you would like to, and have 15 minutes, click on this link https://youtu.be/LAI21Zr3LiA If we do what we are told to do we will listen to the Son God loves and do whatever he tells us!
If you are in the wilderness and committed to doing what Jesus tells you to do, believe me, you will make a difference as people get to know him through you. If you had not understood what you were promising to do at your baptism then you can get to know him better through those in the wilderness with you who did. If you find yourself in the wilderness and have never known Jesus well enough to make any sort of commitment it’s not too late to hear the voice of God, to feel the Spirit coming upon you and begin to know the One who can save us all. Remember, the child you saw at Christmas wants you to hold him in your heart so that you can help him grow in strength and wisdom. He is the child God loves so why not do as he tells us and follow him….?
Oh, isn’t that what I promised when I was baptised? So it’s not only rules that are made for breaking, but promises too! God forgives us so let’s love our neighbours as we love ourselves and keep each other safe as we seek hope through this Covid wilderness!
So our Prayer for the week is a promise we can now make:
O Jesus, I now promise to serve you to the end;
be you for ever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle, if you are by my side,
nor wander from the pathway if you will be my guide.
O let me feel you near me; the world is ever near,
I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear;
my foes are ever near me, around me and within;
but Jesus draw you nearer, and shield my soul from sin.
O let me hear you speaking in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self will.
O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen, though guardian of my soul.
O Jesus, you have promised, to all who follow you
that where you are in glory, there your servant be;
So guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end.
O give me grace to follow, my Saviour and my Friend. Amen
God Bless, Richard