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June 7, 2016, 5:06 PM


Romans 12:1-2 is one of my favorite passages of the Bible. Romans 12:1 tells us that our lives are a living sacrifice to God. I just love this idea of our lives every day being a sacrifice to God. The next verse talks about renewing our mind so that our lives can be transformed. I was fascinated by this word, transformed, so I looked it up in the original Greek that the New Testament is written in. The original word for transformed is, metamorphoo. Does this sound familar to you? This is the root of our English word, metamorphosis. 

The Greek word, metamorphoo, means "changing form in keeping with the inner reality." It means that we are changing fro the inside out." What changes we see on the outside are the reality of what is changing on the inside. 

What we have to realize is that metamorphosis takes time. It takes time to go from a caterpillar to a butterfly and it takes time for us to experience our own transformation. When people become Christians they expect that everything will change right away. Sometimes we have the same expectations of other people. We have to realize for ourselves and for others that change takes time. When someone gives their life to God He begins to work on them...but it's not instant. The work of the Holy Spirit is called fruit. Fruit takes time to grow and blossom into what we see as ripe and mature. 

When Paul got saved he needed someone in his corner. When he was saved he was hated by his old friends, the Jews, and his new people, the Christians, both feared him and were very suspicious. Just a few days before he was on his way to Damascus to imprison them. Paul needed a man like Barnabas to stick up for him and be in his corner. Barnabas' very name demonstrated what kind of guy he was. His name meant, Son of Encouragment. For people to realize transformation in their lives they need someone in their corner helping them. They need a Barnabas in their life. 

I pray two things for you. I pray that your metamorphosis, your transformation, is progressing. Be patient with yourself. As long as you are moving in the right direction that's good news. I also pray that you are helping someone else in their transformation. I hope that you are being a Barnabas for someone...being in their corner and helping them. 

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