COMPLETE OBEDIENCE

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

Jesus and His disciples were invited to a wedding at Cana. When the
wedding party ran out of wine, Jesus was called upon and would perform
the miracle of turning water into wine. In our text, we have the
instructions Jesus gave the servants, “Fill the waterpots with water.”
Then the response of the servants to the order of Jesus: “And they
filled them up to the brim.” They filled every one of the water pots
“up to the brim.” This is a splendid illustration of COMPLETE
OBEDIENCE. It might seem like a minor thing, but these servants
followed their instructions to the letter. They were told to “fill”
the pots, and they did exactly as they were told. Surely God included
the words “up to the brim” in order to make a point or emphasize
something for us. They did not partially or mostly fill the pots, but
they were filled “up to the brim.” They were filled as fully as it was
possible for them to be filled.

We all should be as diligent to fully obey the instructions that are
given to us. For something to be considered obedience, it must be
complete obedience. Partial obedience is not obedience. Delayed
obedience is not obedience. As families, it is essential that we teach
and reinforce the importance of obedience to our children. This is the
place obedience should be learned. And yet in far too many cases, the
home is failing in this regard. Complete obedience is almost
nonexistent in many children of our generation. There are various
reasons for this, but a primary factor is that parents do not expect
or require obedience in the home. Children are commonly allowed to
disobey or partially obey, with little or no consequences.

As individual Christians, we must demand obedience of ourselves. We
cannot afford to disregard the discipline of obedience in our lives.
First and foremost, we are to completely obey God and His Word. None
of God’s commands are to be slighted. Also, we are obligated to obey
those God has placed in authority over us. That would include
government rulers, family authority, church leaders, and those in the
work place. In addition, as churches, we are to be obedient to the
commands the Lord gave His churches. As these servants were quick to
fully obey the Lord’s directive, may we be ready and willing to obey
His Word.