I don't know why I still get surprised when revelation comes. But sometimes, even without the least bit of contemplation on my part, God lays something very clearly upon my heart.
The thing just rises up from that pool of murky water and when the light hits it I get this breath of knowledge. A deep truth comes that I can rarely keep to myself. Most of the time this happens after a period of marveling over or meditating on something in Scripture.
On Sunday, it rose from a Sermon. Romans 12:1-3 says this. "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
I learned that the word "transformed" in verse two comes from the Greek word, "metamorphoō." The definition says this. 1) to change into another form, to transform, to transfigure. I learned through Sundays teaching that this exact word is only used 3 other times in the original translation of Scripture. It is used twice in Matthew when he speaks of the "transfiguration" of Jesus, and once in 2nd Corinthians 3:18 when it says that we are "changed" into the same image from Glory to Glory.
It was when Dr. Veenker began to give examples that the murky thing began to rise. Scripture says that by the renewal of our minds, we are to metamorphose. To change into another form.
Of course! Tadpole to frog. Caterpillar to butterfly. Orange flower to yellow squash. Acorn seed to Eucalyptus tree.
Romans 12:1 exhorts us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. Alive, holy, and pleasing to God. It is our spiritual worship.
Did God give us earthly examples? Heck yeah! He gave them to us so we could know. So we could see. He wants us to understand. This is "metamorphoō" It's what God does.
There is a journey to this road of transformation. It does not happen over-night. We are, however, called to walk it just the same.
Are you ready to be changed and made new? To be transfigured like Jesus?
I'll take some wings Lord. I really want to fly...