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Mary’s Great Advice

We don’t really get much from the Bible about Mary the mother of Jesus. We get a glimpse of her as a young lady, or more likely girl, and another as she watches her son die. But we see little of her during Jesus’ ministry.

There is one vignette at a wedding at the very outset of Jesus’ ministry. John says it was the beginning of His “signs” and I have always taken this to mean it was His first miracle. The argument could be made that John’s use of ‘signs’ does not include all miracles, only the ones John was using to make his case. It is the first miracle John records in His telling of the life of Christ.

In any case, today I just want to focus on Mary’s instructions when she learned that the host had a problem with the wine supply.

His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it." - John 2:5 NASB

I am not sure if Nike got their tag line from scripture, but basically this is Mary’s big advice.

Just do it.

To be clear – there is a lead in to this instruction.

She did not say – whatever feels good – do it.
She did not say – whatever makes you look good – do it.
She did not say – whatever profits you most – do it.

Her instruction was simply

Whatever He says to you, do it.

And this advice stands today.

Whatever Jesus tells you, do it.

BN Writers Page 150Thanks for coming by today.

See you again soon.

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10 thoughts on “Mary’s Great Advice

  1. ziggy317

    Just do it - the most difficult, yet exciting words to obey, especially when the command is scary to me. When I "just do it," I find all of God's power behind me. And when I don't, I feel His grief. Still learning! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sue C.

    This has been kind of my "motto," if you want to call it that, for several years. We tend to want to know why when the Lord wants us to do something and I learned to "just do it" and don't ask so many questions. Now I seldom ask, I just do it. Good advice!

  3. debbestillandlisten

    Good word, Ben! In my message I gave at our Special Touch REACH NE Chapter meeting a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine brought this verse to my attention when he heard my message was about faith. I used this scripture as an illustration of faith. There was absolutely no doubt in Mary's mind that Jesus would transform the water into wine. "Whatever he says, just do it." Now that is faith believing. So what I'm trying to say is that believe in faith that Jesus will do what He says he will and step out in faith to do what He says to do. Amen!

    1. Ben Nelson

      yes - and this story is wild - how did Mary even know He had a solution - He did not even seem to want to be part of the solution. There is a lot of great stuff in this story. I will probably be digging into it a bit more next week.

      Walk in His blessing Deb.


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