Monday, October 5, 2009

Patched cloth and wineskins

Then He [Jesus] spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’(Luke 5: 36-39)

As Jesus was preparing His disciples for the newness of the New Testament order, He warned them that things would be different, and some of them would have a challenge to get their heads and hearts around the differences. As humans, we like the familiar and often cling to the known, even if we know that the known is no longer doing us any good.

There are some elements of doing church with which we have have become so familiar, that we fail to see that their manifestations are counter-productive to the intent that Jesus had when He inaugurated the church on the Day of Pentecost. It behoves us to revisit those early chapters of the Book of Acts, and seek to really understand what Jesus was getting at. Maybe, just maybe, we may have to embrace a new, new-cloth and a new, new-wineskin, because the old new-cloth has holes in it and is exposing our nakedness, and the old new-wineskin has holes in it and wine is dissipating the source of joy and health.

Lord Jesus, please help us to let go of that which is holding us back, and fully embrace that which we need to live fully for Your glory, and the extension of Your kingdom in time and on earth. Amen!

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