Let Go of the Old

There is something exciting about new things. Such as;

  • Starting a new job, and even looking forward to going to work.
  • The excitement of buying a new car, or a used but new-to-you car.
  • How good it feels when you put on a new pair of shoes or some new clothing item.

There’s just something about “new” things that revive our mood and outlook on life.

God is the author of new.

  • Every 60 seconds, we get a new minute.
  • Every 60 minutes, we obtain a new hour.
  • Every 24 hours begins a new day.
  • Every 30/31 days is the start of a new month.
  • Every 12 months, we experience a new year.

Each of these revolving time periods presents us with a fresh start. Every season of your life has a purpose, even if only to prepare us for what is to come.

Mark 2, Jesus is approached by an unidentified person and the context of this conversation provides an opportunity to prepare the people for a revised approach to knowing God.

Jesus came to straighten the pathway to God and establish a new covenant by being a once and for all sacrifice for the sin of all mankind. Out of this encounter there is a principle that I want to highlight about God making all things new.  

People can be too fond of the past that they judge the present by the past, thereby neglecting the reality that God is at work around us.

It is true that most people are resistant to change. We hold onto old ways of doing things because we are comfortable with the process, even when they are unproductive and no longer produce fruit.

It’s not until the fear of change becomes less than the pain of staying the same that we will change.

Jesus’ illustration of an unshrunk cloth and old wineskins was a means of changing their mindset. The old garment and old wineskin represent the former ways of doing things. Jesus explains that the new things He has planned will not fit into the mindset of the old.

There are two keywords in Mark 2 that emphasizes the significance of us being apart of the new thing God is doing. First is the word “new,” which comes from the Greek word “neos,” meaning new in the context of time.

“Neos” teaches us that there is a shelf life to the new thing God is doing.

Everything in this life is temporary. Everything in this life has an expiration date. The new thing God wants to do in your life is time-sensitive, so don’t delay!

The second keyword in this passage is the word fresh, which comes from the Greek word, “Kainos,” which means new, in the context of quality.

If we are holding on to the past because of the positive memories we have of it, remember that what God has in store is of equal or greater quality.

Yesterday’s methods cannot fulfill the purposes and plan God has for us today. The old thing was once a new thing that replaced an older thing that someone was holding onto.

Don’t fall in love with the season or its methods but fall in love with the One who walks us through each season. Jesus warned that going into the next season of life with an old mindset will lead to a significant loss.

By putting an unshrunk patch on an old garment would cause the garment to tear and ruin both the patch and the piece of clothing. Likewise, putting new wine in an old wineskin, the new wine would cause the wineskin to stretch and burst, destroying the wineskin, and losing all the wine.

You need a new wineskin, that’s a new mindset, for new wine, that’s the new thing God is doing, or we may forfeit the blessing from what God is doing now.

We honor the past by surrendering to the purposes God has for us in the present. God has something new for you. He plans to prosper you and not to harm you.

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