Matthew 9:16,17 Living Bible (TLB)
16 “And who would patch an old garment with unshrunk cloth? For the patch would tear away and make the hole worse.
17 And who would use old wineskins[a] to store new wine? For the old skins would burst with the pressure, and the wine would be spilled and skins ruined. Only new wineskins are used to store new wine. That way both are preserved.”
God does not used us in our old state. The goal of God is to transform and change us, and then finally use us to transform and change other people. The way God does that is through the cleaning of the Word and purification of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit and the Word of God works together as the best transforming agent of humanity! Jesus said people do not put new win into old bottles…that simple means the God will not fill us with His Spirit in our old state…
He wants us to change for the better. The more we change and transform our lives, the more He pours His Spirit in us. The level of the operation of the Sprit in our live is dependent on how well we know Him and love Him.
When we stay away from sin, iniquity and evil, we will become vessels unto honour and the Lord will use us for His highest purposes. The Lord is looking for Christians whose heart and clean and pure—dedicated and focused on serving Him (2 Tim. 2. 20, 21).