“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.” Matthew 2:21
Jesus had been asked why the disciples did not fast. He responds with the fact that while the bridegroom is with them, no one will fast, but that they will later. Then He begins talking about not sewing a new patch on an old patch of cloth.
In a time when sewing patches on clothing is not very common, many people will ignore this verse. Holes in clothing are now often accepted, or they will just go out and purchase new clothing. Yet, the truth remains that if one is to put a new patch on an old piece of clothing, the new patch must be prepared or pre-shrunk.
One common thing that people today are familiar with is technology. New things are coming out on a regular basis. The new patches of technology for the smart phones would never work on the old traditional dial-up phones of the past.
In order for the new technology to work, the old item must be changed. It cannot remain the same. The old phones cannot take the new technology, no matter how good or great the technology is.
When Jesus came to this earth, He was bringing something new. That something was that everyone could have access to God, not just the Israelites and the priests. He was opening a new door.
For people to be able to take on this new ability, there has to be a change. They can no longer stay the same. The new ‘technology’ of salvation by the blood of Jesus, cannot be put into someone who is under the Law or in the world. He has to be changed.
You must be willing to change in order to follow Jesus. It starts with accepting you failed and need Him, repenting of your sins and accepting His forgiveness. You must become a new creation in Him, in order to accept what He has for you.
If you stay in your old ways, you will burst when trying to take what Jesus has for you. Living in the ways of this world is the old cloth, living in Jesus is the new cloth. If you are being patched with Jesus, you must be made new in Him.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to change your life; that you will accept what Jesus has for you; and that you will be a new creation in Jesus.