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Day Five: New Wineskins

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Luke 5:33-39 (TNIV)

33 They said to him,  “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”’

34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?  35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”

36 He told them this parable:  “no one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one.  If they do, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.  37 And people do not pour new wine into old wineskins.  If you do, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.  39 And none of you after drinking old wine, wants the new, for you say, ‘The old is better.”

Reflection: What happens when you put new wine into an old wineskin?  The new wine fills up the old wineskin and at first glance seems to be adequate.  In time, however, as the wine ferments the old wineskin gets stretched.  The new wine bursts the skins, the wine runs out, and both the wine and wineskins are ruined.  In Christ, God has made our lives into new wineskins that we may be filled with the new wine of His Spirit. We are no longer bound to old patterns of sin and selfishness that lead to death. In Christ, His Spirit brings us transformation and freedom that lead to life – the life of Christ!

Responding to the Transmitted Message: Spend some time in prayer thanking God for the new life we have in Christ, not only in your own life but also for those in your campuses and missional groups. Pray for our churches that we will always seek to live as new wineskins filled with the wine of His Spirit.  Ask God to open your eyes to see the church with Christ’s eyes.  May our interactions with one another in our communities reflect this new wineskin and new wine so that others can taste and see the reality of God’s love.

Day Four: Run in Such a Way

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Day Three: Get out of the way!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Day Two: No Favoritism

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Cleaning House

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Day One: Enlarge your tent

Monday, February 15th, 2010