Matthew 9:17 ” Neither do men pour new wine into old wine-skins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wine-skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine-skins, and both are preserved.”

Old wine-skins were hard, rigid, stiff, and unyielding.  Does that sound like you or someone you know?  On the other hand, new wine-skins are flexible and malleable…able to receive the newly pressed wine.  They change as the fermentation process happens…they expand as the wine ferments…finally stopping when the wine is perfect inside.   As Believers we must never stop growing until the God-given purpose inside us is perfected.  At the wedding feast in Cana what did the Master of the Banquet tell the Bridegroom after tasting the water Jesus had turned into wine?  “You have saved the best for last!”   I originally wrote this back in 2008…but it still remains pertinent today.  Just as you don’t pour new wine into old wine-skins, you don’t sew a new patch on an old garment, (Mark 2:21)…or both will be destroyed.  The journey of a Christian is a pathway of newness…new covenant, new hearts, new minds, new selves…of the process of constantly putting off the old and putting on the new.   For when we stop growing in the Lord, we become stagnant and unusable.  The Lord is looking for new vessels to contain His new works.  The question is, are you willing to be that new wine-skin?

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