Upgrades Require Change
Posted on November 19, 2013
Matthew 9:16-17 says, “No one sews a patch of un-shrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Recently, God clearly revealed with every progressive revelation of Jesus the structures we used to facilitate our previous understanding need an overhaul.
It is quite a challenge to adjust your structures real-time while God is upgrading your understanding of Jesus and His Kingdom. It seems to me God’s ways are to initially expand our revelation of Him and His Kingdom to the point we outgrow our structures. When things breakdown structurally you realize it is time to re-engineer the entire process and flow.
It is the same with the innovation process. Eventually you can no longer bolt on additional parts to upgrade a products capabilities. You need to re-engineer the entire product so all the parts can work together from the ground up. In terms of changing methodology, the challenge of the process is to realize that some components we enjoy are no longer necessary!
It’s challenging when thinking through what our calling is really about. Is it about our methodological preferences or what’s best for the next phase of developing people?
God is gracious to help us renew our mind and enjoy the process of change, but there are some perspectives that take more time to adjust than we might think! My encouragement to you is to let God continually upgrade your understanding of who He is, who you are in Him, and how His Kingdom most effectively moves forward in each season. Change can be challenging, but in the end change is good and fun!