Then they said to him, “John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink. Jesus said to them, “You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, ‘The old is good.’” (Luke 5:33-39, NRSV)
You can not fast while the guest of honor is with you. Nor can you put new fabric on old as a patch or new wine in old wineskins…
Does any of this make sense to us?
Some of it might, but it may not as well.
You see if you cut new fabric and use it to patch old fabric garments when you wash the garment the new piece will shrink differently than the rest of the garment and cause further damage then there was before.
And if you place new fermenting wine in old non-elastic (or already stretched) wineskins, they will burst.
We can not always be looking at how to keep the old, but must be open to the moving of the Spirit and the coming and inbreaking of the Kingdom.
Because change is not just something that you get from a vending machine and God is not a cosmic vending machine shelling out what we want.
We must be ready to move and change with the inbreaking of the Kingdom.
Are you open to what God has in store for us?