Everywhere you look there’s a tangible tension between the old and the new. Should we stick to what we know or launch into the unknown.
This age-old question has haunted both the pioneers and the settlers among us. And even now, we may see ourselves as a progressive, modern society, but still this question must be asked — personally and culturally.
What’s the difference?
Formulas offer consistent success. They save time and energy, taking away the need to learn what others have learned before. When you’re a business owner or mom or builder, simple instructions and reliable results are priceless. However, living from a formula gets pretty boring. More than that: Formulas can become snares to keep you from growth, creativity, and unseen possibilities.Formulas can become snares to keep you from growth, creativity, and unseen possibilities. Click To Tweet
Take recipes, for example.
They’re great. They give consistent, repeated results. But what if you never leave the pages of the cookbook? What if you ate the same meal everyday for forever because you knew it worked and you didn’t want to chance making a mistake? Honestly, I can’t imagine. I rarely cook the same exact thing twice. I’m always trying new combinations and using what I have in new ways. If I look at a recipe, usually it’s only to get ideas. Then I twist and tweak it into a whole new creation.
As much as I love my mom’s tried and true recipes, my taste buds are forever thankful for food pioneers. Seriously. Almost weekly I breathe a silent (sometimes audible) thanks for taste buds. I love exploring the world through combined, pure flavors. It brings me to life unlike any other sense. It also brings health with a balanced, diverse diet.
This old vs. new principle can apply to every part of life.
As you age and move from season to season, you can’t rely solely on what you did yesterday. You can build upon it, but your eyes must still scan the horizon if you want to see the path of possibilities.
Let’s look at a couple of examples.
The Israelites cried out to be saved from over 200 years of slavery at the hands of the Egyptians. God heard their cry and performed mighty signs and wonders to deliver them. He spoke His intentions for the coming days, explaining how it would be a new place with a new purpose and a new relationship with Him.
But they missed it.
They were so focused on themselves and their own expectations based upon what they already knew that they missed God. They missed the reward. They missed the growth He intended. When the way got heard, they longed to go back to the formula they knew: mud, straw, and slavery.When the way got hard, they longed to go back to the formula they knew: mud, straw, and slavery. Click To Tweet
The same could be said of most of the Pharisees. They’d studied the scriptures their entire lives. They knew the prophesies of the Messiah to come. Sadly, they tried to force it all into the perspective of life as they knew it – and they missed Him.
- It didn’t look like they expected
- It didn’t fit their formula.
- It didn’t promote their position.
- It didn’t comfort their lifestyle.
So they attacked this new thing in every way, even to the death of their Messiah, the very fulfillment and purpose of their work.
Are you on the threshold of a new season and the fulfillment of prophetic words in your life?
Do your eyes look only to yesterday, wondering how it will fit into what you already know and do. Or have you stepped into a new perspective by the Holy Spirit’s leading? Yesterday was important. Super important. But the bottom line is this: Tunnel vision carries a cost of both time and opportunity. Tomorrow’s greatest reward may well be lost if we don’t position ourselves before the throne in humble expectation, asking for eyes to see the treasures of both the old and the new.
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” Matthew 13:52 NASBTunnel vision carries a cost of both time and opportunity. Click To Tweet
How have you seen this tension played out in your life? What changes have you made to accommodate for the new?