"Remember the miracle at the marriage at Cana in Galilee? There were six stone jars that were about five feet tall, which would hold twenty or thirty gallons of water.
Now the miracle happened when the water was tasted. It was not changed in the stone jars; it was not even changed into wine when it was drawn out and taken to the steward of the feast; but changed when it was tasted “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalms 34:8)
Many have missed and misunderstood the miracle until seen where it occurred. This is like many who miss the miracles that happened in our life when He brought us to Himself and that wine at work within us afterwards.
Christ Jesus has worked a miracle in us to bring us to where we are today especially in this process of healing. People will miss the miracle that sees us not for what we once were to what we have become and what we will continue to become. They will see us as the old creature or the personality or remember and view us by our past lifestyle of sin structures.
Religion and legalism binds people as much as homosexuality binds people. People will critique you, they will criticize us and reject us. If you are doing something that is right they will criticize you and say you are doing something wrong and if you are doing something wrong they will critiique you and say you are doing something right.
Just because someone is at Church that does not mean they are filled vessels, they may well be just like those cold stone jars having water in them that has not as yet come forth into new wine. They are bound up just as we are or were in homosexuality or rejection not yet walking in the taste of new wine, miracle wine, better wine and the latter wine. They may only show new wine when they put on the spiritual face, only when they have to be tasted!
As much as we feel we should be accepted and loved, they in return are to be accepted and loved; they have bondages just like us. And like those jars of water were instruments that held the water that was to be turned into the best wine they too are coming forth and probably could be at the brink of being filled to be set free from their religiosity and legalism and judgment of us. And we do not want to hinder that process and give them a reason to stay looking at us out of religion and legalism." 1. [Malligan, 2006:75]
1. Malligan, Kathleen M. Overcoming Rejection with Prayer Strategy [Triumphant Ministries Toowoomba, P.O. Box 172 Harlaxton Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350, 2006]