Genesis 12,13,14; Luke 5
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’” (Luke 5:37-39)
This last phrase really got my attention. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure it out. Why would anyone be satisfied with the old and say “The old is good enough?” Maybe, they truly felt that the old wine was good enough, and the news wasn’t so spectacular that it warranted a change. Maybe the old ways fit their lifestyles better. Maybe the new wine would challenge … no, require them to change some things? I know after talking to many who have backslid, they would rather opt for their old life because it was “easier.” Sure it is! Remember what Jesus said? “The way is broad and wide that leads to destruction and many there are that follow it! But the ways is narrow that leads to life, and few there are that find it” (Mt. 7:13).
I so want to be a fresh wineskin! If God is going to bring new wine to and through me, I must present Him with a new wineskin heart daily! The challenge, however, is this — even new wineskins, which were once supple and receptive, will eventually become old wineskins. You don’t have to do anything to deliberately become an “old wineskin.” It just happens … naturally and organically. In order to retain a new wineskin heart, you have to be deliberate so the natural aging process will not victimize the heart that was once-vibrant. So, how do we renew our hearts like fresh wineskins?
- Realize the process of atrophy and cracking… it happens with age! Keep new wine in your wineskins by taking in the Word consistently
- Renew your heart every chance you get
- Apply what you are learning
- Be involved where life is happening
- Never let yourself to go on “auto-pilot” — rip that option out of the console and stay vigilant
The last thing I want in life is to be content with the old ways and mediocre living. Help me to stay on the cutting edge no matter how old I get. Thank You, Father, for refreshing my spirit! Lord, I so want to be a fresh wineskin in 2021. Help me to be intentional in my daily devotions, deliberate in my prayer life, and readily apply the lessons You teach me. Help me to stay vigilant and always with a teachable spirit.
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