Matthew 9:17, “Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Jesus was asked why he wasn’t doing things the way that John the Baptist and the Pharisees did them. They fasted often, but Jesus and his disciples did not fast in their day to day ministry activity. God is calling us all to new things and new ways of doing things. The seven deadliest words to a believer or a church are, “We’ve never done it that way before.”
1) New wineskins have the ability to stretch, grow, and change. Do you embrace change or resist it? I heard a pastor relate a story of a man who came to him and told him that he knew the church he was in was spiritually dead and he desired move his membership to his church, but there was one problem. The man’s uncle was buried behind the dead church and he felt he couldn’t leave him. The pastor replied, “Dig him up and take him with you!”
2) There are seasons in the Spirit for doing certain things. Jesus told of a time when His disciples would fast, but this was not God’s timing. We need to walk close to God so we can determine what we should be doing in this season.
3) The old wineskins, the flesh, the old covenant, the old time religion, the old culture, the old habits, the old relationships cannot contain the new thing that God is going to do in 2011. God is always changing his methods and we must change if we are going to be used by him. I have seen many traditional churches destroyed by new wine. The pastor may get revived and be flowing with the move of the Spirit, but if the church is resisting it, the old wineskin will be destroyed and the fresh move of God will be lost.
God does not want to destroy the old wineskins. They still serve a purpose in God’s plan. They are maintaining the ones with a mindset that is resistant to change, but still love God. The Lord will still use them in a limited way.
4) God always gives us the opportunity for a new start, a new beginning. Are you disappointed with your past? This is a new year for the new things God is doing. Let’s find out what He is doing and go with Him. God is doing a new thing!