No Patched Adams


For the first two years of my life as a young Christian I received a lot of teaching about all the things that God doesn’t do any more. He doesn’t heal the sick, he doesn’t perform miracles, he doesn’t drive out demons and he certainly doesn’t speak in tongues through those who are close to him. And being young in the faith I believed what I was taught.

But then I ran into students in the University Christian fellowship who believed God still did all these things, and so began my search for more. I found there was more of the Holy Spirit than I had expected (Luke 11:13). The problem came when the more that I experienced was not matched by the experience of longer serving Christians; those who were sure their longstanding spiritual cloth was stronger than my new stuff.

“No one tears a piece out of new garment to patch an old one,” said Jesus. “Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old” (Luke 5:36). I didn’t know a lot of Scripture, but I could clearly see there was a real struggle for my new patch to fit with their old cloth.

I know now that when the Spirit who descended upon Jesus at the river Jordan descends on us he will do more than patch up our old faith, he will truly renew the garment.

from Frank Eames