Thermometer or Thermostat

METAMORPHOSIS – Change of form or shape; transformation; particularly, a change in the form of being; as the metamorphosis of an insect from the aurelia or chrysalis state into a winged animal.

Whenever I think of metamorphosis I think of a butterfly; or actually I think of a hairy, fur ball of a caterpillar that spins itself into a cocoon and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.  The interesting thing is the caterpillar’s DNA did not change in order for it to turn into a butterfly.  The DNA was already there.  The caterpillar just became what it already was.

As believers, our spirit’s rebirth is immediate.  We are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  The rebirth of our soul on the other hand is a process.  We are being changed from one degree of glory to another (2 Corinthians 3:18).

So why is it that the process of change seems to go on forever.  Why is it that we continually struggle.  We make a little progress and then something happens and it’s like someone pulled the rug out from under us.  Caterpillars don’t have this problem.

The truth is, caterpillars don’t stress over becoming a butterfly.  They simply begin the process and by a natural progression the caterpillar becomes what the blueprint inside declared it would be – a butterfly.  It’s the same with us.  Our spirit is reborn, the process of transformation has begun.  The DNA is there.  Now we just need to let the metamorphosis occur and become who we already are.

It seems pretty simple, doesn’t it.  And yet we make it so hard.  God has called us to be transformed so that we can be a light to those around us.  God has called us to be thermostats and yet most of us are thermometers.

A thermometer reacts to its environment.  It reflects the circumstances around it just as we often do.  A thermostat, however, sets the environment.  It doesn’t care what the circumstances say because it has the power to change the circumstances.

Once we become on the outside who we already are on the inside we will stop reacting to our environment – to our circumstances – and begin controlling the environment around us for the glory of God.

A caterpillar inches along the ground making little progress because of the limitations of who he is on the outside.  The butterfly soars to new heights with very few limitations because he has been transformed into the new creation who he already was on the inside.

I challenge you to stop stressing over how to change and allow the process to unfold naturally by allowing the Word of God to do it’s metamorphosis in you.  You can begin by contacting us at Info@fruitbearers.com.

Fruitbearers Outreach Ministry

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