Are you facing a challenging situation in your personal or professional life? Are you struggling with issues in your marriage, finances, health, or career? Are you battling an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or pornography that seems to have an unbreakable grip on your life? Are your relationships with your children pushing you to the breaking point? Are you engaged in an emotional or sexual relationship with a co-worker? Is it time for a change in your life? If so, how do you get change to occur?
A fact of life is that some people are better at handling change than others. Have you ever wondered why that is? Change is difficult. It is especially challenging, when we try to make change happen on our own, without God’s help; trusting in our own knowledge, experience, and resources. In contrast, when we rely on God and walk by faith in Him and rely on His anointing, His wisdom, His direction, and His grace, change (transformation) occurs more easily. Divine transformation can happen slowly over time or in an instant. Divine transformation is recognizable, definitive, and lasting. Divine transformation takes us to places that we could not go on our own without God.
God often orchestrates situations and circumstances, and will even engage total strangers to produce major change or transformation in our lives. He will use anyone or anything to accomplish His divine purpose and accomplish His will for our lives. Let’s examine a passage in Scripture where Jesus performs His first public miracle. He changes water into wine. Pay close attention to the circumstances and available resources, as well as the words and actions of those involved.
“On the third day there was a wedding. It took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’ ‘Dear woman, why do you bring me into this?’ Jesus replied. ‘My time has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do what he tells you.’ Six stone water jars stood nearby. The Jews used water from that kind of jar for special washings to make themselves pure. Each jar could hold 20 to 30 gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ So they filled them to the top. Then he told them, ‘Now dip some out. Take it to the person in charge of the dinner.’ They did what he said. The person in charge tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He didn’t realize where it had come from. But the servants who had brought the water knew. Then the person in charge called the groom to one side. He said to him, ‘Everyone brings out the best wine first. They bring out the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink. But you have saved the best until now’” (John 2:1-10, NIrV).
Divine Transformation Requires a Servant’s Heart
When God wants to orchestrate change or transformation in our lives, we must be open and willing to go through the transformation process. In fact, our willingness to embrace the change, follow God’s instructions and obey His Word will accelerate the process. In contrast, we can be willful, stubborn, resistant, and disobedient, and delay the process. As a Career Coach for many years, one of the first things I looked for in a new client was their “willingness to embrace change.”
In the passage of Scripture (John 2:1-10) presented above, water is instantly and miraculously transformed into high quality wine. How did this happen? Let’s look at the circumstances, words, and actions of those involved (Jesus, the groom’s servants, and Mary, Jesus’ mother).
- Mary (Jesus’ mother), Jesus and His disciples were guests at the wedding (Verses 1-2).
- Jesus accepts His mothers’ assessment of the situation (they had no more wine) and her implied request (to perform a miracle); He decides to honor her plea for help even though He knew His assigned time to exercise His power was not yet at hand (Verses 3-4, 7-10).
- Jesus’ mother gives the servants instructions to do whatever Jesus tells them to do (Verse 5).
- Jesus carefully assesses the resources available to Him (Verse 6).
- Jesus tells the servants what they must do (Verses 7-8).
- The servants faithfully execute Jesus’ instructions to the letter without question or hesitation (Verses 7-8).
- The servants were obedient to Jesus’ instruction even though it required them to step outside cultural norms and habits and exposed them to potential ridicule and embarrassment (Verse 6).
- Jesus and the servants put their own agendas, plans, and personal interests on hold (Verses 6-10).
- God engages other people in the situation to complete the task and perform His will (Verses 9-10).
- Jesus and the servants’ obedience activate the law of Divine Transformation (Verses 9-10).
- Divine transformation resulted in a change in Jesus. His miracle brought public attention to His ministry and his disciples after witnessing the miracle believed in Him; the very nature of the water was changed after it became wine. (Verse 11).
- Divine transformation occurred so that the glory of God could be manifested. Jesus was used by God publicly so that God’s glory might be known; the disciples believed in Jesus and grew in their faith in Jesus as the Son of God; the water became wine of a superior quality (Verses 10-11).
- Divine transformation enhances and elevates character in the pursuit of destiny (Verses 12-23).
Traits of an Agent of Change (Kingdom Servant)
In the passage above, Jesus willingly agreed to get involved and used the groom’s servants as “Agents of Change.” To be used by God, a kingdom servant (Agent of Change) must have specific character traits and behaviors. They must be:
- Kingdom-minded and have the heart of a servant.
- Present and available to be used by God.
- Open and willing to be used by God for His purpose and will.
- Devoted, obedient, and faithful to the Master’s directions.
- Able to hear and understand divine (spiritual) instruction.
- Trustworthy and show God that He can count on you to obey Him no matter what.
- Agreeable; refuse to debate, question, or ignore instructions.
- Willing to step out in faith and put faith to work.
- Able to follow instructions in detail until the task is complete.
- Willing to act “foolishly” in the eyes of the world.
- Courageous and bold and willing to defy cultural norms, habits and expectations.
- Willing to take immediate action and show a sense of urgency.
- Willing to sacrifice personal agendas, plans, interests, and needs.
- Willing to accept God’s will and plan for your life.
- Content knowing others may never know your name or appreciate your role in God’s plan.
What challenges are you facing in your daily work life? Are you facing a state of flux or change in your duties and responsibilities? Do you have a new boss with new priorities, schedules and expectations? Has your team undergone a recent reorganization or restructure? Are you being ask to relocate, accept a transfer or promotion? Has your level of compensation changed recently?
Change or transformation in the natural world is difficult and messy. It requires hard work and takes a long time. Transformation in the spiritual realm is easier and can happen quickly—often in the blink of an eye. It requires belief and obedience to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Most of all, it requires a servant’s heart. It starts when you say “YES” to God and are willing to be used by Him to accomplish His will and plans. If you are in need of a major change in your life, start by being willing, available, and obedient. Submit fully to God and be prepared to be amazed at what God will do. He specializes in supernatural transformation and is a master of the impossible.
Self Reflection & Application
- What does this passage reveal to you about your level of obedience to God?
- Are you kingdom-minded with a servant’s heart? Review the list above and identify what traits you have. What are you lacking?
- What changes or adjustments do you need to make to be more servant-minded?
- Think of the last time God used you to achieve His glory. What happened?
- Ask God to make the necessary adjustments to your mind and heart so that you can be used by Him.