What's Happening to My Skin?

by John Tilton on November 21, 2022

Scripture

No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.  Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:16-17)

Observation

Jesus, spoke to John’s disciples about the “new wineskin” of the heart, mind and will.  As new wine expands when it ferments, and would burst the old rigid and stretched wine skins, Jesus spoke of the new wine of Jesus’ good news and how their hearts, mind and will would need to be pliable to receive the good news; not being set in old ways, old beliefs, traditions, and sinful ways.  Their inability to be changed in their “skin” metaphorically speaking, would preclude them from being able to receive and understand the good news of Jesus.

Application

I realize that I do have some idiosyncrasies and tendencies in my perception, beliefs, outlook, and sensitivities from the past that have been ingrained in me over the years.  I know that as the “filtering” process takes place from my ears, to my mind, and to my heart; that my old ways can sometimes be the swinging gate that may not let something new and important into my heart, mind, and soul.  I believe that I have to be conscious of my “skin of receptivity,” so that my heart and mind will be pliable and stretchable to receive new thoughts, new ways, and especially Godʻs word.  I believe that my time in God’s Word and prayer will be the “skin care” to keep my wineskin in good stretchable and receiving condition.

In recent years, I've taken note that my skin is indeed more prone to dryness, and yes wrinkles ... ahhhh, on no, Iʻm aging.  However, I also realize that when I apply good skin lotion to my skin, the condition of my skin improves instantaneously.  Godʻs word and prayer is like high quality lotion, keeping my skin receptivity of my heard and mind pliable and healthy.

As when I forget to moisturize my skin, I cannot let past experiences and hurts that have already been covered by the blood of Jesus, dry out my skins of receptivity and therefore cause my receivability to become, dry, wrinkled and brittle.

Prayer

Dear Lord, may you continue to guide, mold and work in me to keep me pliable, discerning and stretchable; able to receive good news, and yet filter out what is not of you.

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