Times of transition are something that we all experience. Whether that’s a change in season (what up hoodies and bonfires?), style(although leggings will forever be fantastic), school(pray for my daughter), street address(living it!), or a spiritual transition from sinner to saint, or sideline to service, transition can be tough. God has a purpose for these transitions, and that’s transformation!
~Romans 12:1-2~ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
In this verse Paul tells us what believers are supposed to do – be transformed, not conformed. Then Paul gives us the how to do that – by renewing your mind. Lastly, he states the why – to prove out the will of God in your life.
The word “transformed” in this verse is the Greek word “metamorphoo”, where we get our English word “metamorphosis”. It literally means “to be changed into another form, to transfigure, or metamorphose”. The dictionary definition for metamorphosis is “the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages. A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.”
An example of this in scripture is when Jesus was magnificently transfigured before the disciples. Mark 9:2-3~ And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And in 2Corinthians 3:18, where Paul talks of our transformation as we encounter the Lord~But we all, with” open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
God has given us some examples in nature of metamorphosis- frogs, dragonflies, even trees, but I love the example of the butterfly. First, the butterfly starts out as an egg, which grows into a caterpillar, which then makes a chrysalis, similar to a cocoon, where it is supernaturally transformed into a completely different creature-a beautiful butterfly.
At the caterpillar stage, its sole purpose is to eat as much as possible. It eats, grows, and sheds its skin five times.
- As babes in Christ, our job is to eat and drink the word of God (1Peter 2:2, Jeremiah 15:16, Psalm 119:103). Through personal bible time, discipleship, church services, and online and radio sermons, we feast on the bible, and grow through several stages spiritually. If you’re in this caterpillar stage, your job is to eat up as much of the word of God as you can and shed those old skins of carnality.
After the caterpillar has satisfied it’s hunger, it finds a safe place to rest and builds its chrysalis.
- Similarly, we build our spiritual chrysalis by staying in the structure of the local church, maintaining fellowship with other believers, and resting in the safety of our Savior. (Matthew 11:28-30). During this time of rest and transformation, all of those verses that we have eaten up in the caterpillar stage are like layers of comfort, care, provision, and protection from the Savior.
When the butterfly is ready, it bursts forth as a gorgeous new creature, able to fly instead of crawl and experience an aerial view of God’s creation. Did you know that it’s sole purpose now is to reproduce?
- This is like our time of service to the Lord, where we are ready to get out of our comfort zone and make disciples. A time to invest in others what we have been taught during our time of sanctification and training. This doesn’t have to be formal teaching, but it can be. Discipleship is reproducing worshipers for the glory of God. It’s transferring your transformed life and knowledge of Jesus to another person.
Who is in your sphere of influence that the Lord has been laying on your heart? Pray for them, pray for an opportunity to share a verse with them, or pray with them. Go to coffee, have dinner together, just build a relationship with this person. Be an example for them to follow, help bear their burdens, and continually point them to Jesus Christ as their solution to every problem, their Savior in time of need, and sufficient to meet every need, and you will be making disciples.
As you transition through the stages of life, rely on the word of God, rest in the safety of God, and reproduce worshipers of God by allowing the Lord to supernaturally transform you along the way! Continue the cycle of life, take what you have ingested, and the testimony of transformation that you have, and invest it!
Next time we’ll take a look at the mindset needed for transformation in times of transition.
~2Corinthians 5:17~ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.