Not that long ago, I burned the tar out of two of my fingers. For those not raised in the south, that just means I burned them pretty badly. At the time, the pain was excruciating. I wasn’t able to stay away from cold water for more than a couple minutes, even several hours after the burn. It didn’t get much better after that; for days it stung just to bend my fingers. It hurt to do things with my hands because if they brushed against something, the pain would return again. Several days later, blisters formed on them that had to be babied. The whole ordeal was terrible, painful, uncomfortable, and downright inconvenient.
However, I noticed within a week that, where the blisters and damaged skin once were, there was new growth. My fingers were covered with a fine, soft, smooth layer of fresh, pink skin. The new skin took the place of my old, calloused skin, changing the appearance and the feel of them.
This got me thinking about new skin, new flesh; a new start. When we come to Christ, we come with calloused hearts, old, freckled and scarred flesh, wrinkles and blemishes… and as we draw closer, we must burn away and melt away that hardened flesh. We seek Him to create in us new hearts; new, clean flesh; unblemished spirits… but it hurts! It is not easy to remove the old, familiar ways, but it is completely worth it. Once the pain wears off, and we give in to His divine hands, we are made fresh and new and unblemished.
We just have to remember that new flesh is tender, and must be cultivated with care. If we treat fresh, new, tender flesh like old, calloused flesh, it will tear and have to regrow, but if we tend to it gently, growing and babying the new ways, our hearts and minds and flesh will be in submission to the One who formed it in us.
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”
Are you in the process of burning away the old life?
Read Romans 12:2 and see how God wants us to become new.
by Lili Morris