Transformation from Caterpillar to Butterfly

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Transformation in one way of another is inevitable in this life. Nothing remains the same. Even the celebrated Rock of Gibraltar has changed as a result of the tide continually beating against it.

The negative effects of this fallen earth are all around us. The sun, wind, rain, and other factors are working continually to break down, corrode and decay what we see around us. Nothing in this world is as it was when it left the hand of the creator. Even our bodies are changing and growing older with each day.

Yesterday my wife shared with me that she was saddened at seeing a photo of someone who she knew growing up. The photo showed a woman with wrinkled skin and gray hair. The woman in the photo was nothing like the young and vibrant person that Sam remembered back in Florida.

Spiritual transformation and growth isn’t automatic. Transformation from a life of sin and spiritual immaturity into a spiritually mature member of the Body of Christ requires effort on our part.

If you’ve ever attended a high school reunion I’m sure you will identify with the degree of sadness you feel as you become more aware of your own mortality by seeing your aged classmates no longer carrying the youthful glow they once had.

The bible tells us that as our outward man perishes, our inward man is renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).

We all marvel at the beautiful transformation that a caterpillar undergoes in becoming a butterfly. That same type of transformation should be taking place spiritually on the inside of us. As the outward shell of the real person corrodes and ages, the opposite is taking place on the inside and new life should be causing growth and renewal to take place on the inside of us.

What do people who knew you when you first accepted Christ see growing on the inside of you? If you were reacquainted with a friend after 10, 20, or 25 years of life in Christ would they notice a significant change in you spiritually just as easily as they are able to spot the physical changes in you?

Do you still struggle to gain control over your body sexually. Are you spewing verbal garbage out of your mouth in the form of profanity, gossip and the spreading of lies? Are you able to exercise control of your eating habits or are you 25, 50, or 75 lbs. heavier than you should be? Have you matured spiritually enough that you are now able to help other babes in Christ in their spiritual growth or are you the babe that still needs help from other Christians to get past common spiritual obstacles?

Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Look past your physical appearance and take a look at where you are spiritually compared to last year, 5 years ago, 10 years ago and beyond. In what areas have you grown in? In what areas do you still need work?

A physical body, if unfed long enough will desire food for nourishment. The physical hunger response is automatic. The hunger we have to feed our physical bodies compels us to eat and the food we ingest helps our bodies to grow, become strong and maintain life.

1 Peter 2:2 tells us to desire the sincere milk of the Word of God so that we may grow thereby. Peter telling us to desire the sincere milk of the Word of God tells me that the hunger for God’s Word may not be automatic like physical hunger is.

Transformation is not automatic

Spiritual transformation and growth isn’t automatic. Transformation from a life of sin and spiritual immaturity into a spiritually mature member of the Body of Christ requires effort on our part.

I encourage you to get into God’s Word whether you feel like it or not. Spend time in prayer and communion with the Father. You will find that as you devote more time to spiritual things, a desire for the milk of God’s Word will develop in you and transformation into a strong, mature butterfly will be inevitable.

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