There’s a part of me that wishes that Jesus’ transformation of my life was like one of those info-mercials. I wish that there was some prayer that was as easy as an 800 number. I wish that if I would get a bunch of stuff, I wish that if I order now, they’ll double my order, and rush it to me with some sort of other irrelevant bonus gift.
Of course the best parts of me don’t feel this way. I work at being more mature than all that. But it’s a temptation. And I’m not alone.
There are people who believe that Jesus brings about an increase in our physical situations: Wealth, or health, or stuff.
There are of course, many problems with this belief. One is that it’s really an act of idolatry. It’s taking our cultures shallow materialism and pretending that this is not only consistent with Jesus message, it’s going so far as if this is what Jesus actually said.
If somebody were of a rather knuckleheadish mind set, they might say, “Look, Jeff. Jesus transformed the water into wine. And you’ve been all focused on how this is a metaphor for what Jesus wants to do. It’s a transformation outside of us. Therefore, the transformation that Jesus promises is an external one.”
If somebody said that, I would tell them that they are of a rather knuckleheadish nature. And then I would say that they aren’t looking at the bigger picture.
Because the wine is Jesus blood. It comes from his inside. And it’s meant to be taken into our insides. It’s about inner transformation, not outer accumulation.