Maybe you’ve seen the meme.  It’s one of those postcard things.  It shows a woman drinking a glass of wine and says, “I always cook with win.  Sometimes, I even put it in the food.”  I’m not much of a wine person myself – there’s just something about it; I’m not a big fan.  But plenty of people do.  In today’s reading, Jesus spends a little bit of time talking about wine.

“And 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.”

I wonder how many times in life we try to put new wine into old wineskins.  Old wineskins are ones that have been used before – and used effectively; however, their time has come.  The old model worked in the past, but it doesn’t work any more.  The real trick is separating the model from the heart.  The heart is the core of what you are trying to accomplish.  The model is how you do it.  The core stays the same; the model changes.

I love the example that UM pastor Adam Hamilton gave during a meeting at the Indiana Conference Annual Conference several years ago in Muncie.  He had everybody under the age of 30 stand up (and there weren’t that many), and he had them raise their hand if they owned an iPod or something along those lines, an MP3 player of some sort.  Not surprisingly, the majority of us raised our hands.  He then asked those who were sitting down to raise their hands if they did NOT have an MP3 player.  Again, not surprisingly, the majority raised their hands.  Then he asked how many people liked to listen to music, and everybody’s hand was raised.  His point was that the love of music had not changed through the years, but the means by which we listen to it has.  New wine, new wineskins.  The love of wine hasn’t changed, but how it gets transported does.

What are the new wineskins in your life?  Where you we desperately need new wineskins, but still stubbornly try to reuse the old ones?

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