There is an old saying; “What got you here won’t get you to where you need to go.” It merely means that for us to go any farther, we will have to change our ways and do things differently if we want to improve and go forward. This is true for our faith as well. When Christ enters our life he does a new work. He makes us into a new creation. We can’t keep doing things the same way and expecting different results. Albert Einstein called that insanity. God wants to do a new work in you.
And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.
What Jesus did was revolutionary and new. It couldn’t fit in the old religious system the Pharisees had set up. When people questioned him, he replied with the example of pouring new wine into old skins. They didn’t have wine barrels back then to store the wine so they would use goat bladder. New wine expands as the gases are released in the fermenting process. Whatever holds the wine has to have the ability to stretch with it. Goat bladders have that ability the first time they are used. If an old bladder was used with new wine, it would’ve stretched beyond its capability and broken, and the wine would’ve been lost.
A New Work
God isn’t going to pour his new work into our old lives. He is going to do a new work in us. The old life of sin will be crucified and we will be resurrected into a new life with Christ. When this happens he can pour that new work of the Holy Spirit into us. Allow God to continue his transforming work in your heart. Don’t limit him by refusing to change. Give him free access to every area of your life so that the new wine can be poured into an open vessel. Ask him to show you areas where you won’t change and then repent of it. As you go through this process you may not notice anything right away but over time you will see that you’ve become a different person.