A Lizard Can Be Regenerated, Can You?

I had the privilege of growing up in the country and spending most of my time outside catching snakes, frogs, lizards and just about anything else that crawls.  One thing I learned from a very early age was that if you grabbed a lizard by the tail in an attempt to catch it, you would be left with a bloody wiggling appendage.  Lizards have fracture planes in their tails that help them to drop their tails in an effort to entice and distract a predator so it can make a quick escape.  The coolest part of the whole process is that not only does the lizard drop its tail but also the tail regenerates eventually and grows back.

Ezekiel 36:26 says I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”  The Lord allows our hearts to be regenerated by accepting Jesus, and the coolest part is that the heart he gives us as we accept him is one that will function much better than the one before.  Ezekiel says that before the Lord gives us a new heart and spirit, it is like we have a heart of stone.  When Jesus enters and regenerates our heart he makes us into a new creation and changes our nature from one that is more like a cold stone to that of a warm heart ready to love.  Next time you see a lizard with a stub tail remember that just as his tail will eventually grow back and regenerate, Jesus is doing that same work in your heart as we learn to follow and obey His commands.  A lizard can be regenerated, can you?

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Photo Credit Chance Feimster

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