There is a great story in John 2:1-11 that records Jesus’ first miracle — turning water into wine during the wedding feast at Cana. Jesus has just done something amazing. He turned six big stone jars full of water that had been set aside for ritual washing into what was described as the most amazing wine. What is interesting to me, however, is that Jesus didn’t really get credit for the miracle… at least from the crowd. The master of ceremonies gave credit to the bridegroom, not Jesus. The masses who had gathered that day did not even recognize it as a miracle and put their faith in Jesus. They simply kept on celebrating. However, verse 11 says,
“What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples put their faith in him.”
His closest friends (the disciples) saw what Jesus did, and they put their faith in him. It is easy for us to get wrapped up making a big splash. We live in a microwave world where many of us have lost our patience to wait for anything. Jesus, however, understood what could happen if he invested deeply in a few and taught them how to multiply… to go and make more disciples (see Matthew 28:18-20.) The disciples put their faith in Jesus that day, and as a result through those same disciples the gospel eventually spread en masse. This continues even today. It is through disciples like you and me that Jesus continues to reveal his grace and glory to the world. What would it be like if you and I would follow Jesus lead and invest deeply in a few? I would imagine nothing short of the miraculous would occur, and eventually the Kingdom of God would advance with unstoppable momentum.
Jesus, give us the courage to invest in the few so that you can reach the masses.