“Up To The Brim” Baptists

John 2:7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

Intro: This morning we looked at this story from the perspective of Mary’s advice to the servants.  Tonight, I want to draw your attention to the servants themselves. I want to call them “Up To The Brim” Baptists.  We need a church-full of “Up To The Brim” Baptists!  Let’s look at three things about them. The story starts in verse 1 and goes down to verse 11.

 

I. Their Obligation was Minimal

I never cease to be amazed at what God chooses to work with.

A. The Resources were Minimal

Stone pots.  Water.

You can’t get much more common than that!

What was it that made these water pots and the water important?

They were available!

Nothing at all complicated about resources.

 

B. The Request was Minimal

It was not a complicated command.

NOTE: Sometimes God does ask man to do difficult things.

Examples:

  • Asking Noah to build an ark
  • Asking Abraham to offer up his son
  • Asking Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, etc.

But let’s be honest; rarely does God ask us do something difficult.

It did not require smart, talented, organized, impressive people.

He just needed servants that could obey simple orders.

“Fill up the waterpots with water”.

No doubt they had done this simple task many times.

As servants, they were obligated to serve.

  • They didn’t debate it.
  • They didn’t try to understand it.
  • They didn’t argue with each other about who was going to do it.
  • They didn’t make excuses.

Most of what God asks us to do is simple things.

It is the little things we can’t seem to get right.

  • Read your Bible.
  • Pray.
  • Go to church.
  • Witness to sinners.
  • Live right.
  • Love people.

And on and on…

 

II. Their Obedience was Maximized

Here’s what I love about these servants.

They were “Up To The Brim” Baptists!

Jesus gave them an order – Fill the waterpots with water.

  • They didn’t ask questions.
  • They didn’t cut corners.
  • They didn’t try to do as little as possible.
  • They didn’t try to deceive or trick Him into thinking they were filling them.
  • They didn’t try to get noticed or get credit for filling them.
  • They didn’t express their deep desire to do it, but then explain why they couldn’t.

They just did what they were told to do, and they did it as much as it could be done.

The Bible is clear – they filled them up to the brim.

This tells me a lot about these servants.

They weren’t prone to taking short cuts.

They did what they were told to do, and they did it to the absolute maximum capacity.

The Bible gives several examples of those that “cut corners”.

  • Malachi 1:7-13 – God rebuked them sharply for their half-hearted worship and service.
  • Luke 5:4-6 – Jesus told Peter to cast his nets (plural) but he only cast one. And it brake!

Let’s get honest – up to the brim means there was absolutely no more they could do.

 

III. Their Outcome was Miraculous

 

A. The Discovery of the Miracle

Imagine their surprise when they drew out wine in verse 8!

There’s nothing as awesome as watching God first-hand do the impossible.

 

B. The Discretion of the Miracle – vs. 9 “…(but the servants which drew the water knew)

NOTE: This was Jesus’ first miracle, and nobody knew it was a miracle except for the servants.

When the devil comes to tempt you to quit serving Jesus, remind him of the hidden joys.

Those that are not serving DON’T KNOW what they are missing!!

Some miracles are reserved only for the servants – the “Up To The Brim Baptists!”

 

C. The Delight of the Miracle – vs. 10 “…but thou hast kept the good wine until now.”

It was better than what they had before.

There is no substitute for obedience and serving God with a whole heart.

  • Life is better when you serve!
  • Life is better when you obey!
  • Life is better when you fill it up to the brim!
  • Life is better when you do everything you possibly can to please Him!

Conclusion: We need a church full of “Up To The Brim” Baptists!  We need a group of people that instead of looking for the easy way out, the quick way out, the convenient way, they look to maximize their obedience in every area.

  • Imagine a church where everybody was “Up To The Brim” in their prayer closet!
  • Imagine a church where everybody was “Up To The Brim” in their giving!
  • Imagine a church where everybody was “Up To The Brim” in their witnessing!
  • Imagine a church where everybody was “Up To The Brim” in their area of ministry!