2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.” What an exciting promise for new Christians, but also for all Christians. A new beginning is full of promise and hope. And because we belong to Christ, we are promised a life-changing transformation and a fresh perspective on life.
A butterfly goes through the same kind of transformation. Like a caterpillar, whose perspective is small and whose only focus is to eat, we have all been through times in our lives when our perspective is small and our focus is simple. But a caterpillar knows when it’s time to do the work, wrap itself in a cocoon, and wait. We, as people, must get to the point where we know it’s time to do the work, wrap ourselves in God’s word, and wait for our transformation. While in the cocoon, the caterpillar dies. The butterfly is formed. The struggle to get out begins. The struggle makes the butterfly strong. When it emerges, it is equipped to fly and fulfill its purpose. When we give our lives to Christ, when we choose to take our next steps with God, when we lay down an addiction, or when we recommit our lives to following Jesus, just like the caterpillar, our old ways of living die away. God reconstructs us to something new. The inevitable struggle is necessary so we can fly and so we can fulfill our purpose.
The good news today is that we can all be transformed. There is no age limit and no standard that must be met beforehand. And we can be transformed multiple times in different areas of our lives. Romans 12:2-3 says, “ Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Just as God transforms the caterpillar into a butterfly so that it may fulfill its purpose to pollinate and spread life in the garden, God transforms his children so that we may fulfill our purpose and spread life among his kingdom.
So let’s remember Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” God wants to transform every area of our lives. He has good plans for us. We have a purpose and a calling and it’s greater than anything we can imagine. What is your calling? How will you let God transform you today?
Listen to the full message, “Transformation.”
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