Our success is often connect to the need to rethink the old way of thinking and doing things and seek for innovation and new thoughts.
Mark 2:22 And 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. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.
This passage begins with a question about why John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting when Jesus’ disciples were not. Jesus gives the explanation, but goes on to teach about mindsets by comparing them to wineskins.
Jesus masterfully infers the nature of new wine during the fermentation process is like new ideas that are so fresh and bubbly they cause pressure to build inside the container. Old wineskins are like old mindsets and thought patterns that are so rigid and fixed they crack under the pressure. Therefore, you wouldn’t place new wine in wineskins that have become brittle and inflexible any more than you would place new aspirations into old mindsets.
In other words, new goals require new thought patterns because old mindsets are not pliable enough to achieve new outcomes. New goals demand behavioural changes, which cannot be accomplished with the same old ways of thinking.
Like they say, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
Being a “New wineskin” implies a complete rewiring of your thought process.
There are many who think that the only problem with the human mind is that it doesn’t have access to all the knowledge it needs. So education becomes the great instrument of redemption — personal and social. If people just got more education they would not use their minds to invent elaborate scams, and sophisticated terrorist plots, and complex schemes for embezzling, and fast-talking, mentally nimble radio rudeness. If people just got more education!
The Bible has a far more profound analysis of the problem.
Ephesians 4:23 “Be renewed in the spirit of your minds.”
Now what in the world is that? “The spirit of your mind.” It means at least this: the human mind is not a sophisticated computer managing data, which it then faithfully presents to the heart for appropriate emotional responses.
The mind has a “spirit.” In other words, our mind has what we call a “mindset.” It doesn’t just have a view, it has a viewpoint. It doesn’t just have the power to perceive and detect; it also has a posture, a demeanour, a bearing, an attitude, a bent. “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
Now what is the double work that he must do to renew our minds so that all of life becomes worship?
2 Corinthians 3:18 sets the stage for the answer:
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
What does the Spirit do to “transform” us into the image of the God-exalting Son of God? He enables us to “behold the glory of the Lord.” This is how the mind is renewed — by steadfastly gazing at the glories of Christ for what they really are.
But to enable us to do that, the Spirit must do a double work.
The Spirit must work in two directions:
– From the outside in.
– From the inside out.
He must work from the outside in by exposing the mind to Christ-exalting truth. That is, he must lead us to hear the gospel, to read the Bible, to study Christ-exalting writings of great, spiritual men, and to meditate on the perfections of Christ.
This is exactly what our great enemy does not want us to do according to
2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this world, Satan, has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.”
Because to see that for what it really is, Paul says, will renew the mind and transform the life and produce unending worship.
“The Spirit renews the mind. It is first and decisively his work.”
And the Spirit must work from the inside out, breaking the hard heart that blinds and corrupts the mind. The Spirit must work from the outside in, through Christ-exalting truth, and from the inside out, through truth-embracing humility. If he only worked from the outside in, by presenting Christ-exalting truth to our minds but not breaking the hard heart and making it humble, then the truth would be despised and rejected. And if he only humbled the hard heart, but put no Christ-exalting truth before the mind, there would be no Christ to embrace and no worship would happen.
Paul quotes Isaiah 40:13 and then makes a statement concerning all believers:
1 Corinthians 2:16, “We have the mind of Christ.”
Having the mind of Christ means sharing the plan, purpose, and perspective of Christ, and it is something that all believers possess. However this is not an automatic process it requires adjustments from all of us.
Ephesians 4:22-24 (ESV) to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
We need to put off our “old self” and put on the “the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness”
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV) 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
We need to be transformed by the renewal of our mind!
1 Peter 1:5“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…”