Shed a Skin, Live a Better Life

This is my first time joining a weekly photo challenge by The Daily Post, and their theme for this week is Delta. This week’s theme is focused on sharing pictures that symbolize transition, change, and passing of time.

We went hiking on one of our friend’s places in the Summer and as we descend the mountain, we came across this tiny scenario in one of the low lying trees on the path.

I don’t know what kind of insect this one is but I got curious because no matter how strong the wind shakes the tree, it never moved. When I looked closer to it, I saw that there was nothing in it – it’s just a shed skin by an unknown insect sticking to a branch.

Shedding of skin or molting, is a natural phenomenon in the life of arthropods such as insects, crustaceans, and arachnids. Some insects shed skin when their bodies need to grow bigger. They have to shed skin in order to adapt to the change that is coming. While for other species, molting is just a normal part of their life cycle.

This is also true in our Christian life. In order to experience a legitimate faith-relationship with Jesus Christ, we need to have a total shift in our character. Now, most people are afraid of this change as it requires a lot of self-sacrifices and self-denials. But according to Paul, the only way for you to have a renewed mind and renewed self is by changing the old you so that God can give you a new life.

Paul, in his letter to the saints in Ephesus, said

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

Following Christ requires a shedding of skin. Christ cannot give us a new skin to put on if we still hold on to the old one that is stained and afflicted with sin. In order to have a new life with God, we must be able to “molt” our old self and let God clothe us with a new skin, blessed with His righteousness so that we can have the Christ-like character we so long desired.


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