Preparing for a New Season
No one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved. (Matthew 9:17)
For me, one of the hardest holiday jobs is putting away the decorations. The special ornaments that help us celebrate Jesus’ birth are a treasured part of Christmas. As we hang the calendar for a new year, it is time to put them away again.
At our house, the lights come off the tree in one big hopeless tangle. Decorations never fit back into their boxes—I always need at least one more. Nonetheless, it is time to take down the old things and prepare for a new season.
In Matthew 9, Jesus speaks about the perils of putting new wine into old containers. Our selves, made new by believing in him, are like the new wine. If we are to be effective, our newness should not be folded back into our old habits, attitudes, and routines. Instead, we should clean out our old ways and make room for the new life that God is leading us into.
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