This beginning of signs Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee, and revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
~ John 2:11; LEB ~
John referred to the wedding at Cana a beginning of signs and miracles where he changed water into wine. Extraordinary accomplished in the ordinary lives of people – conquering everyday frustrations. This miracle, preformed publicly, symbolizes the extraordinary miracle of our own hearts being transformed as we commit ourselves over to living a mindful, crucified Christian life. Through Christ, we begin to live a better life. One that is ever changing and transformative. And it is referred to as a new birth (John 3:7). This rebirth sets us on a path of covenant and righteousness as we deny ourselves and take up our cross to become true disciples of Jesus Christ. Christ’s words to the Samaritan woman are also a reminder that as we continue on this path – the Gospel of Jesus Christ applied into our hearts, minds, and lives become a well of water that springs up inside us unto everlasting life (John 4:14).
Our life is full of frustrations. Some greater than others. Because of this, most of us have a strong desire to do it ourselves. We have this idea that strength and independence mean we ought not to rely on or receive help from others. Now, as we begin to live a different way, we are learning a far more mature and time-honored principle. Our strength is found when we develop our fullest potential through our fellowship with the Savior. And for those of us who have not yet learned how to accept help – it may be quite difficult to express our own gratitude for the help that brought us into this new life.
In this mindful and crucified Christian life, we begin to experience many lessons about those things where we will receive help from others. Receive guidance and personal revelation from our Heavenly Father. Receive the fellowship and kindness that may have been missing in our own personal lives. Not only receive help – we also are compelled to provide help as directed by the will of God, through the Holy Spirit. Actively engaged in being of service to our family, co-workers, and those within our given community. It is because the reward of a mindful crucified Christian life gives us prime reasons and opportunities to express our own gratitude. We are no longer feeling abandoned, alone, or without purpose and direction.
Another aspect of living a mindful crucified Christian life also involves the realization that there is no longer a need to do for others as a means to receive their approval. Maybe some of us became so good at doing for others that we end up believing we’re only okay if we have their approval. It resulted in many of us finding out that we do not know what we want, or how to make any decision for ourselves.
Through Christ, and living a mindful crucified Christian life, we begin to discover ourselves, we learn to separate the idea of a simple act of kindness from that of sacrificing ourselves in a way that destroys our self-worth. Each one of us begin to appreciate that we are okay and are assured of who we are in Christ and not what we are capable of doing for others.
It is also through Christ; we have access to a divine fellowship and network as we grow in faith and truth. Even after becoming spiritually sober, one realizes that life will not be free from difficulty and worry. Each one of us develop awareness and accept the usual upsets that occur in our lives. Coming to the realization that they come into sharper focus now that they are no longer obscured by our own self-delusions.
We also take necessary disappointments as they come, ever reminding ourselves that the blessing of this new life allows us to fully embrace them without guilt or shame. Experiencing adversity for what it is. Utilizing such experiences and challenges to further enrich our spiritual lives through a renewed spiritual attitude and perspective. Such troubles become opportunities to grow, to make each one of us better individuals. Rightly used, we learn from them not to repeat our own mistakes. Freed from the problems of our previous nature and mindset, we are free to devote ourselves to solving all other issues as they arise.
Today’s Thought and Reminder
Our Heavenly Father has a divine plan for each of us. He does not do things by accident; He is willful, purposeful, and intentional. We simply may not become fully aware of – nor understand – His will for our lives. How come? Because we are mortal beings with a finite understanding. Despite not being able to fully comprehend the will of our Heavenly Father, we grow in faith as we place our trust and confidence in Him.
As each day unfolds, seek His will and obey His Word: His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it!” (John 2:5). As we live a mindful crucified Christian Life: we are entrusting our life to Him without any reservation. Our Heavenly Father will give us the courage to meet any challenge. The strength to endure any trial, and the wisdom to live in His righteousness and in His peace.
It begins when we are committed to studying the scriptures and seek His guidance. Desiring the wisdom to know His will and purpose for our lives and the courage to follow wherever He may lead us.
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