7.8.2012 - “Bachelor Parties, Old Clothes and New Wine!”

Today we launch into another week! Our scripture guide for the blog this week will be from today’s message at PoG!  Everyday will include an additional related scripture and comments from a PoG staff member or leader!

Matthew 9 14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. 16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

What is Jesus saying here?

I think it takes a while to get at what He is saying and then another little while to grasp the ramifications for our lives!

It seems to me that Jesus is making the point that He is the point of true religion!  The practice of faith and the forms we use to practice our faith are not the point – He is the point?

It is our tendency as humans I think to focus on the “forms of faith practice” instead of the “center point of faith”!  I think it may be that inner need we have to control and contain – ourselves and others!  Control is one of the main ways I express my “trying to be my own god”-ness!  I have to admit – as a pastor in an established denomination for 21 years now, most of the energy I have seen wasted is on senseless arguments having to do with differing “forms of faith practice”!

Bottom line I think Jesus is saying to me today –“delton, you can’t just add Me on to your life and it is senseless to try to contain Me in your box so why don’t you just surrender in faith everyday and let the adventure begin!”  Right now that sounds like really Good News!

How does this scripture account strike you?

If you heard the message today on these verses – what grabbed your attention? How did God speak to you?

These are just some “starting point” thoughts for me – I intend to live with these verses all week!

Your comments are really so beneficial to all who read!  Please share as God leads! We all look forward to a peek into how God is working in your life?