“. . . and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the BEST til now.” (John 2:9-10)
NO judging please ….. just sayin’ I am not too fond of leftovers! Notice the words – not too fond!! Doesn’t say I won’t eat them …. it just says they’re not my favorite! I do like some leftovers ….but after that fourth cup of vegetable beef soup … I’m done! Grilled chicken breast is probably my favorite ….as I like to take it and throw it in with some spinach, strawberries, blueberries, glazed pecans and a little goat cheese with a blush vinaigrette dressing and I am good to go!!!
While reading about Jesus’ first miracle of turning the water into wine, John 2:10 caught my attention; “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” Jesus not only turned water into wine for the guests. Jesus turned the water into the BEST wine! We’re not talking the cheap stuff, we’re talking the high dollar wine that is stored in the cellar for the guest of honor that only comes out on special occassions.
As I was thinking about Jesus turning the water into wine – the BEST wine, I began to wonder what was I serving Jesus during my quiet time? Am I giving Jesus my best or am I giving Jesus my leftovers? Am I savoring my time with Him or am I just giving Him that last little crumb of time that I have? Is He getting my undivided attention or is He getting my interruptions?
And what gives me the right to think that Jesus likes leftovers? I think I’ve been making some pretty big assumptions on my part – some pretty BIG wrong assumptions!! I bet Jesus doesn’t like leftovers anymore than I do nor does He complain about them as I often as I do.
Unfortunately for me, I know there have been times where I’ve served Jesus leftovers. I’ve given him a crumb here and a crumb there. Usually bigger meals only when I wanted something back in return. And the worst part – there have been meals where I’ve served no dessert – no ‘thank you’s’ for His faithfulness, for His provision, for His grace, for His sacrifice, for His love – no nothing!
So won’t you join me in giving Jesus the meal He deserves? A meal fit for The Guest of Honor. A meal fit for The Head of the Table. A meal fit for The King of Kings.
Lord, I praise You and I thank You that you don’t serve me your leftovers. I praise You and I thank You for sending your very BEST to die on that cross for my sins. Forgive me when I serve you leftovers in return. Cause me to give You my first fruits, my very BEST of who I am in You. Then cause me to serve You the best of the best desserts ever – a heart of thankfulness for all that You do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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