“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. 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.”
– Matthew 9:16-17 (NIV)
Jesus was basically telling his listeners that God was doing something so now that they needed new ways of thinking to contain it. It seems that the Holy Spirit is constantly adjusting our ways of doing things, and that is a painful process. Yet the new wineskins are filled with life. We must come to grips with Jesus’ observation that the pain of staying in our ruts is more painful than the pain of change. Only those who are willing to discard their view of the “way it ought to be” will be fitted for the new things that God has prepared for his people.