Blog Renato Cardoso | 13 de June de 2014 - 00:15


Thought #4 — Closed for new ideas

Part of the “40 Thoughts of Jesus” series – know more about it.

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins. — Mark 2.22

New wineskins, old wineskins… what’s the difference? A wineskin was a kind of bag made of animal skin, usually goatskin, used for storing and transporting wine. Wine was put into the wineskin and the recipient was then closed.

wineskinsAfter that, the fermentation process would continue, causing the skin to stretch until it lost all its elasticity. In this way, if new wine were put into an old wineskin, the skin would burst under the pressure of fermentation.

In this analogy, Jesus taught that if we remain tied to old customs, traditions and ideas, we cannot perceive or receive anything new that will help us grow.

Stagnant minds will not receive new ideas. A renewing of the mind is required to receive new thoughts. The Thoughts of Jesus, despite having been in circulation for two thousand years, are in fact a new way of seeing all things. It is a new wine. For this reason, only those who have experienced the new birth can receive them.

Application: Let go of old thoughts that are no longer helpful or have never helped you. Question your traditions, customs and habits. Become like a child, spiritually speaking, to receive new directions from God.

What ideas or ways of thinking have you defended, maybe just out of habit, that do not bring any practical results today? Do you get annoyed when someone comes up with a better and bigger idea than yours? What would happen if you allowed the Thoughts of Jesus to expand your mind? Leave your comments.

 

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