It seems to be part of our nature that we all struggle with change. So how can we stay like new wineskins? "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins." Mark 2 v 22-24 Throughout the New Testament one of the many symbols of the Holy Spirit is that of wine, and not just any wine but "new wine". New wine is still fermenting, still fizzing, expanding, growing and maturing. That's how we need to continually view the Holy Spirit. He's never stationary, static or able to be neatly and securely compartmentalised by us, though we may try. That's why Jesus says that in order to receive him, and embrace him throughout life that we in turn need to be like fresh or new wineskins. The problem is that an old wineskin has done all the stretching it can. It can no longer embrace any change of shape resulting from the activity in the new wine. 'And do not get drunk with wine… but be filled with the Spirit.' Ephesians 5 v 18 The filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives is not supposed to be limited to an historic event but rather a daily occurrence. We need to be the type of containers that can embrace the new wine each and every day, and as we're filled we need to be people who can adapt, expand and be stretched – that's what new wine does.