Scripture: Paul wrote, “ . . . put on the new
self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians
Some of my chickens
are looking rather shabby. Their feathers are worn, torn, and frayed. There
are spots where they are missing entirely, and I am seeing feathers lying
around on the ground - especially the tail feathers. Am I concerned? Not at
all! They are going through an annual phase called “molting.”
The molt is a renewing process; the word comes to
us through Old English from the Latin word “mutare” - to change - to shed
hair, feathers, shell, horns, or an outer layer periodically. If you keep
a dog or cat as a pet, you are familiar with the shedding process. The old
coat of hair or fur falls out, especially in the summer, and you have the
really shaggy dog (or cat) for a time.
Many animals, such as deer, shed and renew their
antlers each year. That is quite a remarkable process, when you think about
it. Antlers that are so firmly attached most of the year turn on the “disconnect”
switch, so to speak, lose the old, and grow back a new set of antlers in the
period of a few months.
Snakes shed their entire outer skin; crayfish (arthropods)
their exoskeleton shell.
Probably the most
visible example that we humanoids experience is best seen by
examining the grins of children at the age that they are in the 1st and 2nd
grade. Teeth! A rite of passage, as the baby teeth fall out, and the
larger adult teeth grow in.
The most remarkable “mutation” is not physical,
but spiritual. Jesus declared that we must be “born again.” (John 3:3)
Just as my chickens are showing the signs of daily
living in their shabby feathers, so we humans show the corruption that comes
through our human nature. We need to shed the old nature, and put on the new.
Paul expressed it this way: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life,
to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful
desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds,
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and
holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV)
Time to “molt?” Put off the old, and put on the
Take time to look up “New
Birth” in a Bible reference.
2 Cor 4:16; 5:17;
Romans 2:29; 6:4-6; 8:7-8; 8:16,17.
A new heart, (Eze 36:26;)
A new spirit, (Eze 11:19.
Faith in Christ (1 Jn 5:1)
Righteousness, (1 Jn 2:29)
Brotherly love (1 Jn 4:7)
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