One of the most important teachings of Jesus for Kingdom Growth must be Matthew 9:17 “Neither do men 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…”
After almost 15 years of ministry, I have to say that I am so often foolish because, even thought I personally have made wine and know exactly what Jesus is talking about, I still so often do not apply Jesus’ exhortation. I try to “do” ministry and life in my old way and expect it to work! And… I am actually surprised when in trying to advance my life through self effort, mixing following Jesus with worldly methods, and trying to grow people to follow Jesus without really doing things the way Jesus tell us. My life and ministry become a Big Spill. How foolish!
There are so many ways Jesus wants to help us…
We must jettison Pharisaical-traditionalism-legalistic hearts and lives for grace, mercy, and justice.
We must seek to serve and not selfishly be served.
We must give and find blessing in giving rather than constantly seeking for ourself.
We must love others as ourselves.
We must seek to grow spiritually by following, obeying, and living in the grace of Jesus.
We must seek to grow the Church through relational encouragement and prayer rather than fancy programs.
We must first and foremost seek to be fully devoted followers of Jesus who seek to help others follow Jesus (classic discipleship) rather than synergistic spirituality.
We must… as I am attempting to do in this blog, Repent and Follow Jesus from the depths of our hearts and so our souls will be supple with humility and grace to receive the expansion of the Kingdom of God and His life-giving presence.