New Wine Needs New Wineskins
Posted on April 14, 2014
Matthew 9:16-17 states, “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.” I love the word of God! You can read the same passage again and again and see fresh things for your current season of life.
This passage in Matthew 9 is one of those passages that continues to unfold and unveil new insights in my life. Through this passage I’ve discovered the new covenant of grace does not mix with the old covenant of law. I’ve realized that old systems of control and corralling people does not mix with new creation realities of empowering people to impact their spheres of influence. The insights are life changing and transformative.
As I meditated on Matthew 9 this morning God gave me a new insight that was intensely personal. As I read the passage, I realized in every new season of life a new wineskin is needed to expand and distribute the work of God in and through a person’s life. I realized that it can be tempting to look backwards while standing on the edge of change and long for the old and familiar wineskins (read structures and rhythms) of life.
The problem is, if you step into the new season of wine (read desires, dreams, and vision) in the old structures that limit and mute who you are and what God has made you to do, you will fall drastically short of what is intended. When you embrace new seasons with new dreams and desires, there is a structure change that will work for you and empower you to thrive in the new season.
Woo hoo! I know it feels overwhelming to step into seasons of change but rest assured it’s what God prepared you for in the previous season. Your desires have already changed to pull you into this next season, so hold on tight and get ready for the ride of your life!