What do you think of when you hear the word metamorphosis? If you’re like me, you may picture a lowly caterpillar emerging from a cocoon as a beautiful butterfly, or maybe you see a tiny tadpole transforming into a four-legged frog. Whatever the case, when something undergoes metamorphosis, it changes completely, moving from an immature and undeveloped form to one that is grown up and complete. Interestingly, the root of the Greek word translated transformed in Scripture is metamorphoo, which is where we get the English word metamorphosis. In other words, when we come to Jesus, although we are completely loved as we are, there’s a transformation He desires to bring about in us. Like a tiny apple seed ultimately becomes a tree that grows fruit that nourishes many others, so are our lives in Christ.
Friend, the Lord has placed a lot of potential in you! As you yield yourself to the death and resurrection of Jesus, you have the power to grow deep roots, gain and give strength, and provide shade and nourishment to those around you. When God looks at you, he sees you through the lens of potential; an incredible person who is full of His life, His ideas, His creativity, and, most importantly, His love. As you surrender to Him and set your mind on His Kingdom, His truth, and His desires, He is bringing forth something new — transforming you by the power of His Spirit so that you look more like Him and effortlessly display His glory to the world! Isn’t that wonderful news?