Coming from a US Marine Corps family, I was surrounded with this mindset that good enough isn’t good enough for a Marine. In other words, just doing the minimum wasn’t acceptable for a Marine. If you’ve dealt with Marines or even if you’ve just seen any of their recruiting material (“The Few. The Proud. The Marines.”), you know what I’m talking about.
When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from though the servants who had drawn the water knew, the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. – John 2:9-11, ESV
When I became a Christian, I came to realize that God looks at a Marine’s definition of success and considers it a failure for Himself. It’s not enough to be better. It’s not even enough to be best. God is perfect. That’s the standard, not only for what He holds for us, but also what He holds for Himelf.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Jesus took regular water and made it into the best of wines. He took the ordinary and didn’t just stop at transforming it. No, that wasn’t good enough for Jesus. He took plain water and made it into such excellent wine that when the master of the feast took a sip, the master of the feast heaped praise upon the bridegroom.
This is the kind of God we serve and love. We don’t worship a God who does the bare minimum. We obey and glorify a God who goes beyond our expectations. Not only will He do this with us, but with everything He gets involved in. The more we are working alongside of Him, the more we are yielded to allowing Him to work through us, the more we see His magnificence and excellence at work. Let us be surrendered in this way. Let us see first hand God’s perfection in accomplishing His will.