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::Devotional:: ‘The Butterfly Effect’

January 25, 2010

Change is part of life.  Sometimes we change because we want to and other times we change because we have to.  Change occurs in our job, our relationships, our age, our health, you name it – it changes.  Some types of change may happen over night and others may take years before the results are seen.  Regardless of the speed, change is a part of life.  The process of change that begins to occur in a person once they have been saved is centered around becoming more like Jesus or more Christ-like.  Romans 12 gives us some insight into this process which I’ll call the Butterfly Effect.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:1-2

Do you remember high school biology class?  The process by which a caterpillar becomes a butterfly is called metamorphosis.  Metamorphosis actually comes from a combination of two Greek words Meta meaning with, and Morphoo meaning change.  Literally it means “with change.”  One website I read this morning said that not only are there actual physical changes, like the growth of wings for the butterfly, but there are usually changes in habits and behavior.  I guarantee if I went to sleep tonight and woke up tomorrow morning with wings my behavior would be different wouldn’t yours? Ha!  There’s no telling how many changes occur at the cellular level of a caterpillar in order for them to become a butterfly.  The change is amazing.

Did you know this is exactly how God chose to communicate the process of becoming Christ-like to us in the scriptures?  In Romans 12:2 the Greek word that has been translated into English as transform is the word metamorphoo. In essence, Paul is saying “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be metamorphosized by the renewing of your mind.”  It amazes me how purposeful God was when he inspired the scriptures.  The precision of his word in communicating truth to us is absolutely flawless!

We are to constantly undergo change as a Christian.  God has provided His word for us to study and meditate upon, and with the activity of the Holy Spirit we are literally metamorphosized from the inside out becoming more and more Christ-like; the Butterfly Effect.  Are there areas in your life where you know you have been metamorphosized and become more Christ-like?  Take some time to thank him today for that change.  Are there areas in your life where you know you are resistant to that metamorphosis?  Take some time today and admit that to God and ask him to help you change.  He’ll answer that prayer!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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