DayBreaks for 07/09/13 – The Caterpillar and the Butterfly
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. – Romans 12:2
When you think of it, the Christian life is neither simple nor easy. First, we were meant to be much different than we are. We were meant to reflect His glory as beings fully made in His image without flaw. But we traded that away for a bite of frut.
Second, since we have become what our Creator did not intend for us to become, we now are faced with the arduous task of trying to get back to what we should have been all along. We can’t do it on our own. The task is too great and the gulf to wide to be bridged by mere human action. We have to be essentially changed from one thing into another. In fantasy novels there are sometimes creatures that are called “shape-shifters” that can change from a horse to a bird or a frog. As fantastic as that idea is, our challenge is infinitely greater: to change from a sin-plagued dead being to a God-reflecting person.
We must, in short, be transformed from the inside out. What does that mean? As Darrow L. Miller put it in his book, Discipling Nations, “Transformation means nothing less than radical change, in all spheres of life, as when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. It is not merely a change in religious sentiments, but a radical re-orientation of a person’s life.”
Think about it: a caterpillar, who has only ever crawled and never dreamed of flying, goes to sleep one day and awakens with wings with which to soar. That is a radical “re-orientation”! Ours is even greater, for ours is a transformation not of one form of life to another, but from dead to living!
PRAYER: Lord, how we long for our transformation to be complete! We are impatient until we become all you intended for us in the beginning. Teach us to trust in your timing and wisdom to complete the task at the perfect moment for each of us. Transform us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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