Luke 5:36-39 – “Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.'” NKJV
Most of us have dealt with people and may ourselves have sought, at times, to ‘turn over a new leaf’, ‘get our acts together’ or our ‘ducks in a row’ thinking that when we do we will be acceptable to God. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been told by someone they will turn to God when they can ‘do a little better’ or ‘be a little better.”
This is largely what the Scripture is addressing here in this text. The Christian life is not adding a patch of new to the old. It is not trying to take the new wine of God’s grace and put it in the unregenerate nature. The newness of God’s Grace would complete destroy the old carnal nature and are totally incompatible. We cannot add church to our daily schedule and somehow make everything okay. This not patching up our life but receiving a ‘total transformation’ of our lives. It is becoming a new creation in Christ.
If we receive the LIFE that Jesus is offering in the new wineskin of regeneration both the wine and wineskin are preserved and benefit derived from that experience and relationship. If we try to just add God to all the other in our lives we will find that we end up with emptiness and chaos. If we taste of the new life in the Spirit of God we will not pine or yearn for the old that we were living before we encountered Christ in the new birth.
Christianity is not patchwork it is a transformation. Unfortunately, many continue to try to add something of God to the old man and become frustrated and disheartened. That is one reason that some are discouraged spiritually and some have thrown in the towel declaring “this doesn’t work.” They have not been taught and have not realized that Christianity is not a patchwork. It is not mending the old garment. It is not trying to keep the old wineskin and somehow contain the new wine of the Spirit of God. IT IS TOTAL TRANSFORMATION. It is being translated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light. It is being BORN AGAIN and then walking in the newness of that life.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” When I hear people talk about New Year’s Resolutions or turning over a new leaf I cringe. I can understand the objective and desire to do better and be better but you will never accomplish that through willpower alone you can only do it by the Transformation through the Grace of God by faith. Stop trying to make your Christian Walk a patchwork quilt and allow the Holy Spirit to give you a brand new garment or wineskin so He can pour into you the New Wine of God’s Grace!
God bless as you go through this day!