Leading Change

Luke 5:37-38
“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.”

Letting go of an old wineskin can be difficult when it is all we know and what we are used to! With our fingers clutched, God offers us a new wineskin with fresh wine. Now is the point of decision, do we hold on to the familiar ­ systems, structure, strategy, and ministry that have always worked before ­ or do we dare loosen our grip and allow God to give us ministry dreams and strategy that are seemingly impossible without His personal intervention.  Only as we release the old and embrace the new, will we experience the full blessing of God and move into His perfect plan for the future.

However, the old wineskin does have one purpose — it serves as a reminder of God’s provisions earlier in life which provides that motivation to continue accepting new wine and wineskins from our Heavenly Father.

Endnote: I originally wrote this blog in 1998, but feel it is worth reposting.


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