Be Renewed

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“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – Tao Te Ching


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Luke 5:37-39

“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”


Jesus knew that human beings don’t like change.

They like the feeling of security that doing-it-the-way-we’ve-always-done-it gives them.

The problem is, it is a false security.

Nothing exciting happens in your comfort zone.

And certainly no growth.

We are surrounded in creation by death and renewal, but for some reason we think we can ignore it and pretend that it’s not happening to us.

But this death-and-renewal-process is the key to God’s creativity.

This is what God is doing in evolution.

That’s why Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (John 12:24).

You must die to yourself, as in your ego-generated false self, so that your true self can emerge.

This is the true you that is always there at your core, the eternally loved you that God created.

This same philosophy needs to be applied to all the structures we create including religion.

Just as medical science has changed and advanced from when Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth, so too must religion change and advance.

God is continuing to create.

The mind-bogglingly-large universe continues to expand.

And it’s all “in Christ” as St. Paul states.

He tries to explain this mystical idea: “For in (Christ) were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible…all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17).

God is in the business of renewal.

As St. Paul put it, “So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come” (1 Corinthians 5:17).

All things are being made new, but humans have the free will to ignore this renewal.

The process of dying-and-rising is all about us.

New wine is being poured.

Fresh wineskins are needed.

What needs to be let-go-of so that new life can begin?

What do you need to let-go of?


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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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