“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 HCSB
Have you considered the butterfly? It starts out life as an egg. After a few weeks, a caterpillar emerges from the egg and starts eating every green plant material in sight. Depending on the species of butterfly, the caterpillar will grow 2 to 100 times in size. Once it has had its fill, and the time is right, the caterpillar wraps itself in a cocoon-like structure and enters the pupa stage. During the pupa stage, the caterpillar undergoes a great change until transformed into a butterfly. The butterfly breaks the pupa open, squeezes through the opening, waits for its wings to dry and flies away.
The caterpillar goes through a process scientists call “metamorphosis,” which simply means “transformation.” It is similar to the word Paul uses in our verse for today. Metamorphosis in the Bible means a complete change in the nature of someone or something, as opposed to the outward change the word “conform” represents. Metamorphosis occurs from the inside out.
God wishes to transform us so that we can be who He designed us to be. He does not want us to stay caterpillars forever, who live only for themselves. He wishes us to be butterflies that, by their feeding on plant nectar cause, the very plants they are feeding on to be fertilized, selflessly bringing good to Creation.
Won’t you allow Jesus to change you today?
Dear Father God, please transform me so that I can be a who you want me to be.