Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I preached tonight at Full Cup Cafe. It was their “pure worship” night, and I spoke to the students about a lifestyle of worship.
Part of what I talked about was the “transformed” life mentioned in Romans 12:2. The Greek word used is the same word from which we get the term “metamorphosis.” This term is used in biology to describe the life cycle of butterflies. Let’s think about it for a minute. What kind of change does God want to make in our lives?
Metamorphosis is a RADICAL CHANGE. Catepillars are not pretty creatures–they are fat worms. A butterfly, on the other hand, is the most beautiful insect in the world. This is a wonderful illustration of what God wants to do with our lives. He wants to take us and radically change us into the image of Jesus Christ.
Metamorphosis is an OBVIOUS CHANGE. If Jesus is really the Lord of our lives, it should be obvious. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15). People should see a difference in our lives if we are serious about God.
Metamorphosis is a PROCESS OF CHANGE. The process of transformation will last as long as we are alive. Paul said, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14). Each day God will bring us one step further in our spiritual lives–it is a lifelong journey!
God can change your life! Will you let Him?
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