Old Skins Can Be New
The chairman of the church’s vision committee stood before the congregation at the close of the Sunday message. “As you know we’ve been praying, getting input, and trying to develop clear goals. We cherish our church’s history, but we are even more excited about the growing passion today. We want to see Jesus changing lives. When it comes to our gathered worship, our interaction brought a major surprise. Both the young and the old strongly called for us to reunite in one blended service. The older folks miss the power and excitement of the youth, and the younger folks want to tap into the wisdom of those who have walked with Jesus for years.”
As I looked around the classical auditorium in the traditional service that Sunday morning, I saw a lot of gray heads, but the vast majority were nodding their heads “Yes.” One of the older ladies close to me leaned over to a friend and whispered, “I’ve got my ear plugs ready for when the kids do their praise music, but I’m excited about being with them.”
After answering the question about fasting, Jesus had this to say about the newness of the Kingdom He was bringing,
“He told them this parable. ‘No one tears material from a new garment to make a patch for an old one. If someone does this, the new material tears and the new patch doesn’t match the old garment. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. For if you do, the new wine bursts the wineskins and it spills out, and the wineskin is destroyed. But new wine needs to be put in new wineskins and ---the one drinking the old doesn’t desire the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’” Luke 5:36-39
When it comes to wine, the old might be better. Not so when it comes to experiencing the newness, power, and grace that Jesus wants to give us today. I’m thankful for older folks, like the lady I mentioned above, who are willing to drink the new experiences that Jesus desires for them.
LORD, thanks that You can stretch and grow young and old alike and together we can grow in unity and love. Help this church family to revel in new power and grace as Your Spirit empowers them. Help me not to get stuck in my old rituals and traditions, instead of letting Jesus give me His new garment today and pour new wine into my soul.
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