I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 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 12:1-2

I stood fascinated with the butterfly that had landed directly in front of me. It precipitated reflection on my childhood when caterpillars would be watched with fascination until such time as a cocoon was formed and the amazing process of metamorphosis would begin.

Those days permitted the time necessary to extricate oneself from the chores of work my parents wanted performed and become the biologist I would never become. Alas, the day would come. The cocoon would give way to the emergence of a beautiful butterfly. Gradually the wings would spread, and finally it flittered away to bedeck the landscape with color that harmonized with the rest of the surroundings.

It appears to me today that there were many more variations of butterflies when we were “kids”. But, then I saw thru the eyes of a child. What about metamorphosis? Is there something about this process that has a significant spiritual application? The process is spoken of in Romans 12:1, 2. My life should not remain conformed to the world and its standards, but rather undergo a pattern-transforming process. Thru the mind renewing ministry of the Holy Spirit, there emerges a philosophy of life that embraces the Holy Scriptures as authority and its teachings as appropriate for application in my life. From the thought pattern of pleasing oneself and friends, there emerges the desire to please God. This, of course, discloses a heart transformation–for up to that point, everything is anti-God. “His good, pleasing, and perfect will” gives indication that God has been at work within.

For many years, the mirror in our bathroom had a butterfly in one corner. It served as a constant reminder, (as though one glance of my image in the mirror was not sufficient), that ere I move too far, let me pattern my life after the Lord Jesus and thus find transformation from the desires of a sinful heart to what God’s will is for my life.

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