My how time flies! I’ve come to believe there is something to the sayings of the elderly who claim time moves faster as you get older. I feel I blinked a few times and woke up to October 1! Christmas is just around the corner as is a new year. As I read in Mark 2 this morn, I thought of a phrase often quoted around New Year’s- “In with the new, out with the old”. Check out Jesus’ parable-
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the new wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2: 21-22
As descendants of Adam and Eve, we all need to come to the understanding that we are sinners by nature… sinners in need of a Savior whose name is Jesus. However, when we come to make the decision to accept then follow Jesus, we need to understand the truths of the garment & wineskin parable. What truths? We need Jesus but we can’t just keep our old life and our old ways from before salvation and just add Jesus to the mix. As in Jesus’ parable, we will find the old way and the new way don’t mix. When we become a Christian, we need to be made completely new… a new garment… a new wineskin.
The question of the day is this: are we allowing God through the Spirit to make us new or are we trying to hold tightly to the old while clinging to the robe of Jesus? The first will complete us… the second will frustrate us.
Lord, open my eyes to see where I’m stubbornly holding on to the old for I want to be made completely new by your hand. I don’t want to just add you to my life… I want you to transform it into something new! Guide me… change me… fill me! Amen!