“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
Out with the old. In with the new.
In the former days, the wineskins were bags made from animal skin that is used to hold wine. When the bags aged, their tenderness proved they could easily break and reached its limit of expansion. By adding new, fresh wine to the worn, aged wineskins, the wine would ferment and burst the bags open…causing all the new wine to be wasted. However, if the new wine was placed in new wineskins, the new skins could stretch and expand, without breakage. The heart of this parable is to encourage us to match our new with new, so that we can stop mixing our old with our new.
This scripture has been on my heart for a few weeks, as we shifted into the new year. I’ve spent a lot of time weighing and defining my friendships, my habits, my goals and asking God what He thinks of them all. And one thing was clear to me: I was made new last year.
Parts of my former-self were stripped away, as new parts were born. As I yielded myself to the refining process, I started new friendships while adjusting others, switched goals and revamped dreams. There have been moments in this season where I thought:
“Maybe, something I had previously allowed God to remove, would still serve me well in this new season.”
…and I was dead wrong.
There were people, things and opportunities I didn’t hold with an open hand, that I knew God desired the last say on. So, as I sat with new and old, familiar and unfamiliar, things of God and things not of God, I made a decision.
I would place only my new wine in my new wineskin.
I would give God the first and last say, on everything and everyone. I would no longer risk the work He started in me, to dabble with things no longer for me. See here’s the thing. If we are going to live for Jesus, then we need to really go for it. We can’t do this walk halfheartedly, still desiring the old while praying for the new. We have to fully surrender and be willing to release the very things God asks for, only to make room for everything He provides.
Don’t waste your new wine, by pouring what you’ve hoped for in an old wineskin. Treasure every detail of growth, every blessing, and every ounce of grace you received last year.
And, let it carry you into new levels of faith this year.
Don’t waste it 😉
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.”
2 Corinthians 5:17