Jesus uses the analogy of old and new wine skin to explain the transformation that God must make in you before you enter into a new relationship with him. A wine skin is a container for storing wine. As wine is contained in the wine skin, the wine changes the physical nature of the skin. A life without Jesus is like old wine skin which is already stretched as far as it can stretch. It cannot hold new wine because new wine will again change the physical characteristics of the material of the container causing it to burst. Jesus came to give new and abundant life – the new wine – which is more than the old container can hold. Your life (the container) must be remade to hold the new wine. Jesus must change us; he must upgrade our system to handle the new life.
Jesus is saying, “If I put the new system in you without first changing you, then you will break. I must first give you a new birth before the new covenant can be poured into you.” Be encouraged as Casey offers insight into the the transformation that Jesus offers to all who want it.
Scripture References: Matthew 9:9-18; Luke 5:37-39
Last week, Rod encouraged us to not let a known personal problem or sin stop us from pursuing God. God meets you where you are, but calls you to where he is. This week, Rod explains some ways to keep our minds on God.
The pursuit of God is a journey. In the letter to the Romans, Paul wrote of this same topic and encouraged the church at Rome to pursue God. He wrote, “…in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship”.
Remember, a living sacrifice will struggle to keep it’s own life. The old life, the old attitudes, the old habits that don’t honor God will want to hold on, but because of God’s mercy you can honor God and let go of the old. It’s not about rules, it’s about the redeeming and transforming work of Jesus Christ. Not about what you do, but what you allow Christ to do in you.
The transformation to be Christ-like, a little Christ, a Christian is a journey. Once you come to Jesus you become a good work in progress.