The transformation process of a caterpillar being changed into a butterfly is amazing. An earth crawler, inching along transformed into a soaring, darting beautiful marvel shows the power and brilliance of God our Creator.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform 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." Romans 12:1-2
God uses the word transformed in this passage. That word is the word that means the metamorphosis process of a caterpillar being transformed into a butterfly.
The main theme of the passage is God's will. So, what is God revealing to us that needs to be so radically transformed in us? What areas of our lives need to be transformed like a caterpillar to a butterfly? Is it our bodies? Is it our minds? Is it the purpose of our lives?
Ultimately it is the purpose of our lives; God's will for us.
Are we living for our own purposes or are we living for God's purpose? Are we building our own kingdom or are we building God's Kingdom? Are we seeking to accomplish our agenda, goals and dreams or God's agenda, goals and dreams?
The purpose of our lives is at the core of our lives. It is an inside job. God uses the word transformation, the image of God's powerful work of changing a caterpillar into a butterfly to describe His work on the inside of us.
How are we doing at letting God do His spiritual surgery on our hearts, minds and souls? This is an inside job. This is God's work in us. Are we resistant or are we daily letting God do His inside work?
His results are a mind that is not conformed to this world. A mind that has been changed from focusing on building our careers, jobs, relationships, goals and dreams to building God's agenda in our careers, jobs and relationships. A mind that has been changed from "what is in it for me" to "how am I revealing the invisible Jesus today." This inside change might seem subtle, but God describes it like changing from a caterpillar into a butterfly.
So, are you inching along in life as an un-transformed caterpillar or are you soaring with God as a transformed butterfly?
Seeking to let God daily transform our minds, behavior and will in order for Jesus to do amazing things in our lives, marriages, families, church and community.
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.