When some disciples asked Jesus about how his teachings were different to those at the time he replied with some quite interesting imagery:
“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined.” (Mark 2:22)
In those days people kept wine in animal skins and over time they became tough and hardened – like the hearts of some poeple. So if you poured new wine, (which is still fermenting and needs room to expand), into an old wineskin, it would not be able to contain the new wine, and would burst.
You see, when Jesus comes into our lives he won’t be bottled up and kept in storage; he wants to grow and expand into every available space, and a hardened heart doesn’t have room for this to happen… like the old wineskins!
Do you need to trade-in your old, hardened heart for a wineskin that still has growing space for God’s plans and promises?