As the year draws to a close and memories of yesteryear materialize in the quiet moments of winter afternoons, it is only natural that those who have significantly shaped us are on our mind. This article will depart from the generic to the personal. I thought I would share with you one of the thousands of articles my father penned during his long preaching career; he was ever teaching. He wrote under the heading:
From the Preacher’s Pen
John 2:5 – “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
Jesus was at that point in time when he was to begin his ministry. He would start it with a miracle that amazed those who knew what happened. It is interesting that only a few of the servants in the house really knew what happened, but you can be sure the word got around.
I would suppose that a mother probably knows more about her children than most anyone. I’m sure a mother would usually have more confidence in a son’s worth and abilities than anyone else. It certainly was not an unusual thing that Mary, the mother of Jesus, would have confidence in her son being able to solve a problem. I’m not sure she knew how he would solve the problem, but he did so.
The statement she made is what should make us sit up and listen. “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” I can’t think of better advice that could be given anytime. It is especially applicable for the present.
Do you want some good advice? From a mother who was close enough to have a good idea about it all? Whatever Jesus says, do it!!!
¾Charles Sweeten, 5/14/84
Thank you for indulging my memories. Kelly and I hope the holiday season is joyous and safe and that the New Year, should the Lord provide it, be more productive and pleasurable than the last.