Monday, 2 December 2013

DON’T MIX AND MATCH

TEXT: MATTHEW 9:16-17
“Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving and even bigger tear than before. And no one puts new wine into old wineskin, for the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskin so that both are preserved.”
There is a popular slogan that retail shops are using tom make their customers to engage in impulse buying (buying what they did not have plan to buy). This slogan is called “MIX AND MATCH”  this means combining things that are not related .This implies that you are at the liberty of pairing together what you would like to buy in the shop. You can choose from different styles, brands, colours and textures that are available. There is no restriction on the choice you can make. For example if a particular ladies suit is supposed to be sold by pairing Red top with black trouser, during mix and match offer; you can decide to  match your desired colours together by picking different colours or style to suit your purpose.
As dedicated children of God; our ways of life should portray us as children of light, and not the mixture of light and darkness. Once your mind is made up to serve God, the scripture describes your transition from the world of sin to God’s family as being “a new creature.”  This implies that you have been created newly by God through Jesus Christ.

However as a new being in Christ; you should be different from who you were before meeting with the lord, your body should be offered to God as a living sacrifice, your mind should be renewed and void of any unholy thoughts. A new man should not borrow from his or her past life (Old man). Your old man should be dead as your new man comes alive. “As obedient children do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” (1 Peter 1:14). Some claimed they are believers, but their character and way of life is like that of unbelievers, when they talk; there is no reflection of God in their conversations. These category of “believers” are those that are borrowing from their past (Mixing and matching the old and new man). Borrowing from your past life by going back to those bad habits you had renounced the day you gave your life to Christ is like patching new cloth with an old cloth, and pouring new wine into an old wineskin, and the result may be dangerous. Don’t mix the old man with the new man. Both cannot live peacefully together in the same abode which is your body. “No man can serve two masters... (Matthew 6:24). The day you gave your life to Christ marked the day the Holy Spirit took His abode in you; you cannot match light with darkness. Therefore live as children of light (Ephesians 5:8).

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