” Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
James 1:21 (KJV)
I recently just concluded a posting in Plastic Surgery and I got to learn about grafts. You know how the daily events of our lives actually help us understand the scriptures better, help us to bring some terms “home”. I got to see this scripture in a new light.
Grafting in lay man’s terms is when skin is taken from a part of someone’s body and used to cover another part of the body that has a defect (I hope my medical contemporaries forgive me for these unmedical terms). For example, a person has a burn injury on his forearm from a very bad burn, skin graft can be taken from the anterior aspect of the thigh.
Now there’s the recipient sight and the donor sight. Both have to be prepared before the surgery.
Let me bring it home.
James 1:21 says we should lay apart (dump, throw away, discard) all filthiness(nonsense, rubbish, not Spirit led or discerning) and superfluity (a larger amount of something than is necessary) of naughtiness, and receive with MEEKNESS
So one can be a proud believer? Think on that for a minute.
… The engrafted word…
Simply put, the word of God comes to fix defects in our lives. It does the job of a graft! It’s changing us. It’s replacing all those flaws we have, inch by inch, part by part.
Imagine your whole body been engrafted with God’s skin, won’t you be the most beautiful person in the whole world?
But God is a spirit yeah, so instead of your physical body, He wants the grafting to be done on your soul, so it can be saved. What a wonderful soul. A saved soul, cause without your soul you really can’t do all that God would have you do. You have a new spirit but your soul needs to be renewed, it needs to be saved!
Remember I mentioned the donor site and the recipient site? Well some preparations are done before the grafting on both sites. Let’s concentrate on the recipient site, in this case, our hearts. How ready are we to hear from God? Do we just study the Word for the sake of ticking of an item on our must-do list, or so we can be updated with our daily devotional? Or do we study so we can be changed by the word into the word(the image of His own dear son)?
When we study the word, do we prepare or do we just dive into it with our fleshy minds, not asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to us what God would have us see? I mean, Jesus said He would lead us into ALL truth!
When a graft apposes well with the recipient site, surgeons call it “take”, meaning it’s stabilizing/blending well with the skin that’s already there.
Let’s put aside everything that doesn’t let the word of God “take” in our hearts and let’s receive with meekness, not an I-know-it-all attitude, the engrafted word, (another version says “implanted”) word which is able to save our souls.