Transformed for The Future
March 15, 2019
Written by Ricardo A. Newbold
When you study the caterpillar to butterfly metamorphosis, you may wonder if you are truly prepared to be transformed for the future. Actually, why do caterpillars turn into butterflies? Well, they have no way of reproducing as caterpillars, which is why they must morph into another species to continue their cycle of life. Suddenly one day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.
Likewise, to every man born into this world, life is a journey. We start our journey the day we were given birth to. The social status of your parents doesn’t matter, where and how you were born doesn’t matter – you still have your journey, a race set before you to run.
Every journey must be well-defined, it must have a clear purpose. However, the plain truth about the journey is that it has never been easy. Life is not smooth, and it’s rough with dangers along the way.
Yet, we all have one way or the other got stuck in some unpleasant situation. The situations broke us down and we felt like there wasn’t any hope. These situations seem to change us; they change our mindset. Nevertheless, what determines whether your future will be different from the present is when you decide to be transformed for the future.
The Bible tells the story of Job, a rich man who possibly never had the thought of becoming poor again in his life, but soon faced a great calamity. Job lost his riches and his wife told him to curse God and die.
Indeed, Job struggled with suffering, to the extent that he started complaining to God. Job 10:1 KJV ~ “My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.” Job was tired of the kind of life he was living, he wanted a new life and he wanted a renewed mind. This is certainly the time to ask God for a new clean heart.
How to Become Transformed for The Future
The forces of sin kept us doing what we ought not to do. It kept us thinking the same old sinful thoughts in our mind but we really want to change. In Romans 7:15, Paul lamented and stated, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” It doesn’t matter the path you’re taking now. Whatever you are facing, avoid the mistake of thinking it’s over with you. You still can have a renewed mind. Let’s discover how to be transformed for the future.
Decide In Your Heart That You Want To Be Transformed.
A decision is very important as everything we do starts with a decision in our heart. Decide that you want to stop being frustrated. Decide that you want to be free. Finally, decide that you want to follow the right way out of your struggles.
The only way is Jesus, so decide that you want to follow Him now. But you’ll need to renew the way you think. Ephesians 4:23 “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”
Act On Your Decision.
It’s often quoted, “Decision without action is a waste of thought.” It is good to decide but when you decide without taking action, it is simply a waste of time. Start to do the things that will encourage a new beginning in Christ. Let God see that you want a new life, confess your sins and tell Jesus to give you a new life. The word of God is life, meditate on the word and receive life.
Start A New Godly Relationship.
The people you move with often define who you are. They can determine how you will live and how far you can go in life. You may have old friends that caused you much pain. You must be careful how you allow them to influence your life and evict where necessary.
Rather, seek a new relationship. Follow the kind of people that can move your life forward; those that will affect your life positively. Above all these, the greatest friend you can ever have is Jesus Christ. Start a relationship with Christ. He is a friend to all and will make things work out for you.
Pray for Transformation.
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” If you really desire to have a renewed mind, then you must not joke with prayer, you must pray to God as the Psalmist did. Only God can give a new mind; only He can make your heart clean. You need to go to Him in prayer and ask him to renew your mind.
Fix Your Eyes On Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2 “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Focusing on Jesus should be our ultimate goal, in him alone we can find joy. Not that storms will not come, not that it will always be smooth but the interesting thing is that Jesus will always be there to give us victory and joy.
Your Future Starts Today!
We began this post by highlighting the caterpillar changing into a butterfly. Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a miracle of transformation and symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.
As such, it doesn’t really matter where you are coming from; the past doesn’t matter anymore. You should be embracing yourself to have a good future. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Realize that the only moment you can conquer is the moment that exists now. We cannot do yesterday, today. We cannot do tomorrow, today. The future depends on what you do now. Each day you are creating your future life, so use your time in a wise manner.