stretched

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Nobody pours new wine into old wineskins. If they did, the new wine would burst the wineskins, the wine would spill, and the wineskins would be ruined.” (Luke 5:37, CEB)

Today’s verse comes from a section early in Jesus’ ministry where He was teaching about old and new. As I mentioned in a daily water A couple weeks ago, Jesus’ intent is to make all things new. This includes you. Sometimes to become new, you have to let something old go. Yes, this can be hard, but the best things (the memories) can always be carried with you.

Jesus taught about putting new wine into old wine skins. The point here is about trying to put something new into something old. As wine ferments, gasses are released. A new wine skin can stretch to accommodate the fermentation process. If you fill an old wine skin with new wine, the wine skin will burst, ruining the wine skin, as well as the wine.

As you become new in Christ, He wants to fill your life…your new life…with His Spirit. As you know and grow according to His love, it expands your entire life. If He filled your old life with this Spirit, you wouldn’t be able to grow with it; this is why He makes you new. As the new creation God longs to make you, you can expand with your new experiences, never going back to your old dimensions.

Allow God to expand your life and your mind with the new dimensions of His Spirit. It changes everything! I promise.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the times you stretch me. I don’t want to go back to the old, so help me embrace the new. I want to burst forth with your loving Spirit, and know I must grow in your grace to make it happen. I lift this prayer in Jesus’ life-giving name. Amen.

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