How would you like to be deciduous? As long as it is not illegal, immoral, or fattening, you might consider it, right? Perhaps it would be a good idea to find out what it means so an informed decision can be made. Practically everyone knows what it is but the technical word is sometimes difficult to recognize. The dictionary definition of deciduous means falling off or shedding at a particular season or stage of growth, such as leaves, horns, teeth, and even skin. Examples of things that are deciduous include trees that lose their leaves, deer that shed their antlers, children who lose their baby teeth, and snakes that shed their skin. Now that you know a little more about the word, how would you like to be deciduous? Perhaps you are still undecided. Like most people, I would prefer to keep my teeth and I think there’s not anything else that I would like shedding or falling off of my body!
Think about this word in spiritual terms. Do you have any faults, character flaws, or temptations that you would like to shed? Wouldn’t it be nice if once a year you could pick out just one fault, flaw, or temptation and shed it forever? I would definitely like to be deciduous like that! There is a way in which God wants us to be deciduous. You will never find this word used in the Scriptures but the concept is clearly seen. For example, consider the teaching of Colossians 3:5-14, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
It is obvious that God wants His people to shed earthly and ungodly behaviors from our lives. Not only that but God also wants us to develop Christian behaviors. We can accomplish this by reading His Word regularly and then by striving to do what God says. When you and I decide to make this a priority, then we will experience God’s will and God’s blessings coming true in our lives.