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. It moves from an immature and undeveloped form to one that is grown up and complete.
Interestingly, the root word for 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 that 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. The Lord has placed a lot of potential within you! When you yield yourself to the death and resurrection of Jesus, you have the power to grow deep roots, be a source of strength to others, and provide shade and nourishment to those around you.
Friend, when God looks at you, He doesn’t see only what you are today, He sees an incredible person who is full of His life, His ideas, His creativity, and, most importantly, His love. Every day, as you surrender to Him and set your mind on His Kingdom, truth, and 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?