“A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
Every year Neiman Marcus publishes a Christmas catalogue loaded with the most extravagant gifts you can imagine. Recent years have included a $2,000,000 pair of yellow diamonds, a $250,000 houseboat and a $99,000 jetpack. Just what everyone needs, right?
Of course, no one needs a jetpack or a pair of yellow diamonds. These gifts are sheer extravagance, the kind of thing people give simply because they can.
It’s interesting that Jesus’ first miracle is a gift of extravagance. Jesus saved a family shame and embarrassment by turning water to wine, but compared to His other miracles, there’s so much less at stake.
Think about it. If Jesus hadn’t performed this miracle, no one would have died. No leper would have suffered. No crowd would have starved. Yet, Jesus still intervened.
And He didn’t just make wine. He made the best wine. Not mediocre. Not good enough. The best.
Why? Because Jesus was revealing His identity as God, a generous God, who is bringing the goodness of heaven to earth.
says, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father.” Extravagant generosity reflects the Father’s heart.
This doesn’t mean that God will buy us $99,000 jetpacks, but it does mean that we can trust Him with our deepest needs.
If we’re convinced God is generous and committed to our greatest good, it gives us strength to cling to Him and do what’s right. No matter what circumstances we face. It also motivates us to show that same generosity to others.
Where have you seen God’s extravagant generosity in your life?
Make a list of some of the ways God has provided for you physically, relationally and spiritually. Be sure to thank Him.
Now make a second list of at least three ways you can bless people with that same kind of ridiculous generosity today.