21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk (new) cloth on an old garment; otherwise the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse. 22 No one puts new wine into old [a]wineskins; otherwise the [fermenting] wine will[expand and] burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the wineskins. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” Mark 2:21-22 (AMP)
This is one of Jesus’s many parables. He is talking about the religious leaders of the hour and their conflict with new believers, converts. He is instructing his disciples not to allow their spiritual freedom to be mingled with religious bondage. He is saying to them in essence what is new, is new and what is old is old. Do not get it twisted. Do not confuse the two because if you do, the old is destroyed and the new is a loss.
This becomes applicable in so many ways and can apply to so many things. When we are in a new season in our lives, we are excited! We are fueled by our passions and our calling. We accomplish in 5 days what we could not do in 15 years. We are on fire and it is contagious.
Then we may start to look around. Familiar faces, soul ties, seasonal acquaintances, vows made to folk that have expired but we do not want to let go. Old is comfortable, safe. We know it…so we think.
We want to pull the old raggedy furniture into the new house. We want to take “Pookie and them” to the new zip code. “Pookie and them” are supposed to stay where they are. When it is time for them to move, they will move inspired by their own initiative, not because we are dragging them along.
Let us learn from the Master.
The Teacher of all teachers.
He says “No one puts new wine into old [a]wineskins; otherwise the [fermenting] wine will[expand and] burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the wineskins. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”
Let us heed.
-D.L.P. Senior Writer, Publisher Auspicious Living Magazine