Matthew 9:17 “Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved." (NIV)
I always read this verse in context to the Jewish laws and traditions and not my personal life. Jesus nailed the Pharisees for replacing God with their traditions, but how does it speak to us today? Now re-read this Scripture in terms of Christ transforming your life as you live out your life in Christ by asking these questions: Does your vocational work look any differently? How does the relationship you have with your spouse and children look differently? Has the environment you spend time in changed in terms of relationships and ungodliness? How do you look at neighbors and people you interact with? As a Christian there is no doubt that you have a new heart and that the Holy Spirit dwells in you. But is God transforming your life? The question is, are you resisting what God is doing in your life (old wineskins) or are you responding to God in obedience (new wineskins)?
God wants to do great things in your life, but any area of old wineskins where the flesh rules stymies His ability to work in you. God may be pouring righteousness, transformation, and abundance into your life, but as long as you live out your life in old wineskins, you are missing His wonderful work in you. Matthew 6:24 says, "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (NIV) The Christian walk is a transformative walk of letting go and letting God. As you go deeper into God, He will impress more of His life upon you. Your intimacy with Christ will produce a heart that desires more and more of
God, so that letting go in obedience becomes easier. On the other hand, if you resist God, His work in you will be thwarted. In Ephesians 4:22-24 you see how putting on the new self in Christ allows God’s transforming power to be released in you, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (NIV)
Deuteronomy 22:9 “Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.” (NIV)
Do you know someone who needs this message on transformation? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ.
Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Transformation 1,” “Transformation 2,” and “Transformation 3.”
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