It’s amazing the so-called super breeds they are coming up with in the animal kingdom. Because of certain breeding, certain species are getting bigger, stronger and prettier. And that’s happening in the bird kingdom too. But the Japanese have a unique method of changing the color of birds and animals. They don’t depend on matching genes and matching family trees to get the color they want. For example, to develop a breed of white sparrows, they will take a pair of gray sparrows and put them in a white cage, a white room, and they are taken care of by a person who is completely dressed in white. Amazingly, the mental effect on a series of generations of birds results in completely white sparrows. They become what they behold. But this isn’t something the Japanese originated, God thought of this principle a long time ago.
Let’s take a look at this principle demonstrated in the Bible. In Genesis chapter 30 Jacob requests from his father-in-law, Laban, permission to leave and carry on with his own life and so he asks to be paid for his years of service to Laban. In verse 31 Laban says “What shall I give you? And Jacob said, `You shall not give me anything, if you will do this one thing for me of which I’m about to tell you, and I will again feed and take care of your flock. Let me pass through all your flock today removing from it every speckled and spotted animal and every black one among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and such shall be my wages. So later when the matter of my wages is brought before you, my fair dealing will be evident and answer for me. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the sheep, if found with me, shall be counted as stolen. And Laban said “Good, let it be done as you say.”
Now Laban was not excited about Jacob taking off with his daughters and grand children so he wanted to eliminate the chances of his sheep and goats having any spotted and speckled offspring so look what he did in verse 35. It says “But that same day Laban removed the he-goats that were streaked and spotted and all the she-goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every black lamb and put them in charge of his sons. And he set a distance of three days journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob was then left in care of the rest of Laban’s flock. Now it didn’t look like a good possibility for Jacob getting a generous inheritance out of all of those sheep that were in his care, because not a one of them were spotted or speckled. But Jacob was a smart cookie and he knew God’s principles pretty well by then, and that’s why it says in verse 37, “But Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white in the rods. Then he set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. And they bred and conceived when they came to drink.” In other words, Jacob knew about the principle about how we become what we behold, so he made a whole bunch of spotted and streaked trunks of trees right where the sheep and goats came to drink, and do other stuff, so they were right where the sheep and goats would see spots and streaks on a regular basis. And as a result, verse 39 says “The flocks bred and conceived in the sight of the rods and brought forth lambs and kids streaked, speckled and spotted.” This is awesome. When the flocks were regularly exposed to a speckled environment, they had speckled offspring.
I’m so glad God put this in the Bible. And He did this for a reason. He did it for those of us who have the mind-set that “God can change this one and that one....but He can’t change me Maybe this is you today and you say, “He can’t change me because you can’t teach and old dog new tricks, I’ve been this way too long, I come from a long stretch of generations who have all been just like me, and I’m sure I can’t change.” But according to the God’s Word, God is bigger than all our excuses and He can change you anyone. Yet the first step is believing that He will, and when we sow the “believing” seed, then we receive the blessing...just like Jacob did. Believing is the easy part because it’s a gift from God. The disciples prayed “Lord, help our unbelief,” and God did just that, He helped their unbelief. And what He did for them He’ll do for us, because He loves us just as He loved His disciples.
But what kind of seed are we planting in our lives? If we are going to become what we behold, what kind of environment have we chosen for ourselves? What kind of books and magazines do we read, and what kind of music do we listen to, and what kind of entertainment do we choose? If we start filling our minds with the God-things, the result is we’re going to become more Christ-like, because we really do become what we behold. Someone once said “Jesus accepts us just like we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.” Praise God for that! So if you’re tired of being you and you’re unhappy about the direction your life is going, take some time each and every day to put on the mind of Christ, and just watch what happens. Someone once said “It is not he that reads the most, but he that meditates the most on that which is Divine who is changed.” God’s Word cannot fail. We miraculously, awesomely, amazingly become what we behold!!