22 And who would pour fresh, new wine into an old wineskin? Eventually the wine will ferment and make the wineskin burst, losing everything—the wine will be spilled and the wineskin ruined. Instead, new wine is always poured into new wineskins.”
Mark 2:22-24 The Passion Translation
In the parable of the new wine skin, Jesus requires new attitudes, new habits and new values from everyone who wants to belong to His kingdom. God is always working something to our good but if we are still attached to past spiritual experiences, we may become resistant to what God is trying to do through us. That resistance is like the old wineskin that cannot hold the new wine.
Unless we are willing to let the Spirit stretch our thinking to embrace what God wants to do in and through us in every season — we can “shipwreck” our faith and stall the great and wondrous works of God in our lives and in the lives of others. This was the experience of the Apostle Peter. Initially Peter was reluctant to obey Jesus’ vision to take the gospel to where perhaps even he had not imagined. However, when he became willing to take the risk in following God’s leading to reach out to Cornelius and his family, Peter opened a new door for the gospel to the Gentiles.
When was the last time you felt God directing you to do something outside your comfort zone?
Some of us can give the excuse that we are too stuck or too old to change the world. That sort of thinking is a manifestation of self-effort .The truth is, being a new creation in Christ means you are already a new wine skin made ready to receive all the Spirit is willing to bestow on you. There is nothing more for you to do except to constantly renew your mind with the Word of God through the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will transform you in such an amazing way to ensure you are always flourishing.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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