New Wine in New Wineskins

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Devotion for September 14, 2016
Worship Value of The Month: Integrity

READ:

Then Jesus gave them this illustration: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be ruined, and the new patch wouldn’t even match the old garment. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins. But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say.”
Luke‬ ‭5:36-39‬ ‭NLT‬‬

REFLECT:

What do the new garment and new wineskins represent in Jesus’ illustration?

What is Christ talking about when he says “the new wine would burst the [old] wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins”? Why is it so critical that the new wine be stored in the new skins?

Who do you think Jesus is referring to when he speaks of those that say, “the old is just fine,” who are the ones that don’t want the new wine? Why are they resistant to the new?

As leaders and worshippers, brought to life by Christ, how should our actions and witness reflect the inner filling of new wine? What should look different than it did in our old lives, our old skins?

PRAY:

Father, thank you for making me anew and clothing me with your robe of salvation.

Jesus, please be my daily rescue and help me to resist my old skin, my old self.

Holy Spirit, fill me afresh and use me to pour out your kingdom’s restoration.

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