From Water to WineEGP Blog post from June 17, 2018
“Each miracle of Jesus had prophetic significance. When He turned the water into wine, His first miracle, He was demonstrating one of the most important, initial lessons we should learn as we start to follow Him. The vessels were set aside and filled with water. Water is often symbolic of the Word of God. This was the period of preparation in which they were to be ‘filled to the brim’ with His teaching. After we have received God’s calling, there must be a period of time in which we are set aside and filled. …
It is not enough to be filled with just teaching either. The water must be turned into wine; our knowledge must become life. Only then are we ready to be poured out. Those who are poured out too soon seldom ever become ‘wine’ or walk in the fullness of the anointing to which they have been called. The ‘water’ they serve is refreshing and may bless many, but … those who have waited to become wine have shaken the world!
Moses is an excellent example of the Lord’s preparation. He must have suspected a call to help the Israelites when he slew an Egyptian in their defense, but it was not God’s time. He fled Egypt in seeming defeat. Then he spent forty years in the wilderness as a shepherd—the most humble profession of the time—before God ordained him for His work. …
There are no shortcuts to anointed ministry. … The Lord is the One who is building His church and fashioning each stone. We must allow the Lord to make us as He will.”
John 2:1–11; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Timothy 5:22–25; Exodus 2:11–15; Acts 7:22–30; 1 Peter 2:2–5