Where Credit is Due

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim.  Then he said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the president of the feast.”  They did this; the president tasted the water, and it had turned into wine.  Having no idea where it came from – though the servants who had drawn the water knew – the president of the feast called the bridegroom and said, “Everyone serves good wine first and the worst wine when the guests are well wined; but you have kept the best wine till now.” (John 2:7-10)


The servants knew how it happened.

The miracle took place right before their very eyes.  They witnessed firsthand the expression on the president’s face as he tasted and savored the richness of the wine.  Yet they could attest that they filled the jars with nothing but water only a few minutes earlier.  So they could also testify that something out of the ordinary had just taken place.

Although actually, they didn’t know exactly how it happened.

They simply followed Jesus’ instructions.  And in the process, the water had turned into wine.  But at what stage did the transformation take place?  As early as when they were filling the jars with water?  During the very short period of time it was inside the jar?  While they were drawing it out?  While they were taking it to the president of the feast? Or was it just before the president tasted it?

Yes, the servants didn’t know exactly how the miracle happened.  But they were quite certain who made it happen.

The president of the feast didn’t.  He was clueless.  He thought the bridegroom was responsible, so he praised him for saving the best for last.

But the servants knew better.  And said nothing.

If only they had revealed what they had witnessed.  The president of the feast would’ve lavished his praises on Jesus instead.  The bridegroom would’ve been thankful to Jesus for saving his wedding from disaster.  And the rest of the guests could’ve become believers.

Why didn’t they speak up?

We don’t know.  The text does not reveal it to us.  It’s not relevant, anyway.  After all, their duty was to be efficient servants, not effective witnesses.

A Christian Duty

Here’s the point.

We who call ourselves Christians are called not just to be servants but to be witnesses.  We are charged to speak out and let others know about Jesus and what He has done in us, for us, and through us.  To point to the One who has made all things work together for our own good.  To reveal Him as the real reason for every blessing we enjoy in our lives.

Don’t allow people to continue to think someone (or something) else deserves to be praised for all these.

Have you tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 34:8)?  Have you personally experienced the Lord’s timely and sufficient grace?  Have you ever been saved from any problem that you brought on yourself?  Have your prayers been answered?  Have your dreams come true?

Then give credit where credit is due.

Speak out and make Christ known today.


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