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ou’re Invited #2

 

Opening Scripture: John 2:1-11

Spiritual Growth Challenge: Validate someone’s worth.

Spiritual Growth - The Word, Worship, Prayer, Living Generously

 

In this series, Belong, we want to quit looking at people through the lenses of shame and familiarity. Maybe we are so familiar with someone we don’t see what they could be famous for.

If there is anything that keeps people from coming to Christ and church, it is shame.

 

John 2:1-11

1On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hourhas not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from(though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyoneserves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus d id atCana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

 

When Jesus stepped in, He was doing more than the Father's work. He validated the couple’s worth. To validate the worth of someone, you need to know what matters to them. Obviously, the wedding mattered to this couple.

1On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.

“Mary was invited, and Jesus was invited.”

 

A lot of us want what belongs to Jesus, but do we really wantJesus?

This says, “Jesus was also invited.”        

           Healing belongs to Jesus, but do you want the Healer?

           The healing will get you through, but the Healer will transform you.

           Provision,Provider

           Sustained,Supplier

The real question is, "Do you want to get through, or do you want to be transformed?” Getting through comes with what belongs to Jesus, but transformation comes from Jesus.

If we really are going to embrace"Belong," we have to embrace everything that comes along with the invitation.

 

If our attachment is only in what belongs toHim, we will always run out. If our attachment is to the revelation of Him, we will never run out.

Get Your Invitations Ready! He is trying to get you past the point of running out.

                       

Inform vs. Involve

John 2:3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” Mary didn’t come to Jesus to inform Him; she came to involve Him.

Everything that we are going through in life is an opportunity for an invitation to involve Jesus, not just inform Him.

Most of us say we are praying, but we are worrying with our eyes closed. This is the difference between informing and involving.

 

Belonging is about who we involve, not just inform.

Good– We acknowledge Him when things are good, but do you let Him celebrate with you in the goodness.

Bad– We cry out to Him save us, but if we don’t let Him celebrate in the goodness, we confirm that we want just what is related to Him.

Normal– Don’t rock the boat. Don’t make me depend on Jesus,“I’m Good.” We want Him close enough to get to but far enough away that we are not inconvenienced by Him.

 

Whenever you send out invitations to people, we want their involvement. That is why it says "RSVP."  There is something just below the surface of the envelope. You must get past the envelope to get to the invitation.

The surface is not the story. Some of us are only looking at the surface; therefore, we are overcome by the waves of our circumstances. When you dive below the surface, you get into His current.(Scuba Dive Illustration.)

           Wehave got to get past the envelope and get to the invitation.

 

John 2:3-5

When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”AndJesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Mary didn’t come to Jesus to inform Him; she came to involve Him. But she came with authority because she belonged to Him.

We need to send an invitation to Jesus that will involve Him, not inform Him. He already knows the wine is gone.

If you belong to Him, even if the wine is gone, he will act because you involved Him.

 

The great news is that when they involvedHim, Jesus, having every opportunity to expose their shame, decided to take it away.

John 1:29 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

He didn’t point to what they should have done to bring them shame, but he changed water to wine to takeaway their shame.

He didn’t tell the groom all he did wrong to prove His righteousness but turned water to wine to make the situation right. (Which is righteousness.)

 

Will you involve Jesus this morning?