In the world of eclectic design, one can find items once considered junk or worthy of discarding, now being used to serve purpose in playful and clever ways. What once was looked upon as an intrusion to space, is now the center of party talk. Scrabble pieces, coat hangers, old guitars, even burnt out light bulbs, are being turned into useful household decor; and grabbing the attention of passerby's.

Have you ever felt discarded, or experienced the feeling that your purpose has come to its end? Or perhaps, you feel that your form and function have served out their usefulness. Maybe it's your time to be re-purposed. Well, Jesus is up to the task.

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. - John 2:6-8

The stone water jars were now miraculously filled with wine. What a transformation, what a re-purposing!

What once was used for the ceremonial cleansing and removing of dirt, was now a vessel filled with wine. What once brought a reminder that we all need cleansing now brought reason to rejoice. Who would want to drink the contaminated water from a stone pot used to wash hands and dishes? But what once contained undrinkable liquid, now contained joy bringing wine, and with it, celebration.

God is able to miraculously transform what seems dull and practical. He is able to re-purpose your life. Who wouldn't want to be a pleasure to be around? Don't we all desire to be bringers of joy instead of reminders of failure?

Please don't misunderstand me. The stone water jars held an important job in the ceremony of Jewish tradition. They served their purpose. But here, Jesus gave them a new purpose. Provision, joy, abundance (around 900 bottle's worth of wine were produced that day!), and an unforgettable miracle.

Your faithfulness in service to God is not being overlooked; you are being positioned for a re-purpose, for a transformation. How about this for a new name for you, "The life of the party." I like it, and so does God.


  1. Well said Joe! Very appropriate for us older saints.


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