As a kid I was fascinated with caterpillars and worms and all creepy crawly creatures that I could capture and torment with poking and prodding and viewing in glass jars.
It was not until I was a bit older that I discovered that caterpillars would change from their slow wormy existence into a totally different insect with totally different behavior and looks. The caterpillar actually becomes a butterfly! Not a flying caterpillar, a real butterfly!
I was surprised and amazed!
I know this information isn’t new to you, but can you think back to when you had no idea this could happen?
Much later in life I made another discovery about the same kind of thing, that happens to humans! However, it is much less visible on the outside.
In the Bible, in Romans Chapter 12, verse 2 it says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
The word transformed is the Greek word “metamorphoo”, which is where we get the English word metamorphosis, which is a change of form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means. Or, a striking alteration in appearance, character or circumstances. (Webster’s)
To be transformed would be a complete change in one’s identity.
Once you were dead in your sins, but now you are alive. Once you were darkness but now you are light. Once you were in bondage but now you are free. Once you had no hope but now you have a hope and a future.
When you believe in Christ and receive His gift of life, you become a new creation. The old caterpillar you is gone. The new butterfly you is alive and living the Christ life to the full!
You were once alone and in desperate need of real life. Then receiving Christ’s life, you are joined to Him, in union with Him, becoming a completely new creation.
Now, the process of renewing the mind, which is thinking about being a new creation and counting it to be true, and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of new identity to you, helps to establish in your mind what is already true in the Spirit!
Practice your mind on your new Union In Christ’s Identity…spread your wings, and FLY!
It is He that is at work in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure!