As we go through our lives, we change. We evolve over the course of time. Goals are met. Some dreams we hold onto, others we let go. New goals are formulated. Old habits die. New and better disciplines are hopefully embraced.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2, NKJV)
In this passage, we find the very means of change. The word ‘transformed’ comes from the Greek word “metamorphoo”, which we get our word metamorphosis. We change from one form to another with the end result being our intended form.
As we permit God to change us, we are being moved to our intended form. The person He knew we would be before time even began.
At times, it may look as if there is a death which is occurring. But much the same way a caterpillar dies to itself, there is a death which much occur for life to truly be lived.
The caterpillar gives up of itself in order to achieve the greater goal, the intended form and purpose for which he was created. Although he emerges into life in the form of a caterpillar, he was not meant to remain as such. It is through this process, it then fulfills its God-intended purpose. Beauty is seen. The butterfly soars.
Can it be that our lives are the same? Do we go through changes, parts of our lives dying off, in order for new birth to occur? Is it then we become all God intends?