Staying Usable

wineskin“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse.  “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.”  (Mat 9:16-17 NKJ)

Does anyone apart from me remember how agile, and flexible you were when you were younger? Now it seems that the body doesn’t quite move as fast or as agile.  Most of the pains and aches I feel are because of the dumb stuff I did when I was younger. The temptation might be to sit back and adopt a more sedentary lifestyle.  However, you know that is not the best option and that we might be better pushing ourselves a little harder.

Spiritually, it’s the same. The things we were taught years ago change, we get a different perspective or greater understanding. However, if we’re not careful, accepting new ideas, thoughts or concepts can become hard to accept.  God starts doing a ‘new thing,’ and we’re happy with the old.

If we want to be used by God, we need to remain soft, supple and adaptable.  Always ready to go with the flow of God’s Spirit and not hard an immovable.  The church that tries to accommodate the old and the new might lose the new wine when the wineskins burst.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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