“Do what you don’t want to do now so that you can do what you want to do later.” Dave Ramsey
27 “Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”
It comes down to this: Do we want the superficial feelings we experience in this world and the fleeting sense of security that this world offers or do we want the eternal satisfaction and contentment that comes through our fellowship with the God of the universe? We must ask ourselves this question every morning–and sometimes several times a day. We must choose Him over everything. All the time. Every time.
Jesus used an interesting illustration that is included in three of the Gospel accounts: Matthew 9:14-17, Mark 2:21-22, and Luke 5:36-38. We will look at Luke’s version because of verse 39:
36 He told them this parable: No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, 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 no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.'”
What can we learn from this passage?
- The old garment and wineskin are representative of the Old Covenant.
- There was a “hole” in the old Covenant; it could not make us godly. It merely pointed out that we were NOT godly.
- The Gospel wasn’t just a patch; it was a NEW Covenant.
- Old wine intoxicates. Our old ways are addictive. They give fleeting pleasure and deceptive security. Foolish people hang onto them.
Our priority, with the help of the Holy Spirit, is to identify the old ways in our lives and to either do away with them or redeem them through the New Covenant. Only the Spirit can direct you, so talk to Him; ask Him to lead you into godliness. That’s HIS priority!
“The new wine of the Gospel must be placed in the new wineskin of grace, not into the old one of the law. ‘And be no t drunk with [old] wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit [of grace].’ This is the message the Lord gives out today.” -J. Vernon McGee