Acts 2:13-2:18 (KJV) 13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, … 15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
We are going to see the fulfillment of what was started at Pentecost 2000 years ago! That fulfillment is for us to drink of a different drink. That fulfillment is for us to be empowered or fueled by a drink with different nutrients. We call it the new wine!
But I have one question. Can you make wine out of one grape? Technically, maybe you can make wine out of one grape. But it would not even be enough for a communion cup.
Why do Christians often act like it only takes one grape to get new wine? As the fulfillment of these verses in Acts comes about, we are going to realize that the new wine comes only where there is a cluster of grapes that are a part of a vineyard. God is calling all Christians to be a part of a cluster that then is a part of a bigger vineyard that then produces new wine.
When we are a part of a cluster, our grape gets mixed up with everyone else’s in the harvest. Our part will be essential, but when it is mixed with others the wine being created will be smooth and have one overall taste that will be enough quantity to be poured out to our area of the world!
Some studies have put the number of Christians in America who are not actively a part of a local church at over 50%. I do understand many of the reasons that people drop out of church. I have wanted to drop out at various times. But I want the new wine. I want to drink it and be a part of it. But the new wine that is coming has to come through a group of individuals melded into one bunch of grapes! God cannot manifest all of Himself through just one person. We need each other.
I want to challenge you today that if you are not actively involved in a local church to press into Jesus and ask Him where you belong. I guarantee you there is a vineyard somewhere for you. Find it and hang out on the vine in the Son with your fellow grapes!