Becoming what God has called in this season
Dr. Rebecca Murray
Proverbs 29:18 (TPT)18 When there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray. But when you follow the revelation of the word, heaven’s bliss fills your soul.
Most of us have seen the time-lapse photography of a lowly caterpillar becoming a butterfly. The footage usually starts with a ponderous little worm inching its way along a leaf that it devours. It looks silly and awkward as it labors to cover short distances.
When it gets to about two inches in length, it takes a break from stuffing itself, finds a protective branch, and rigs up a silk thread by which it fastens its tail to that branch. Once secured, this little caterpillar begins to contort its body, moving in many different ways. At first, it's unclear what is happening. Then suddenly, the outer skin of this worm seems to open revealing a green chrysalis within. Minutes later, the molting is done and the green pod that is left becomes motionless for about 14 days.
Nothing seems to be happening for a while. But then on about day 12, the walls of the greenish cocoon become transparent. For the first time we can see that something dramatic has happened inside. But it's not until a day or two later that the full story is told. All at once, the little creature within begins to struggle and push until finally the shell of its miniature incubator cracks open.
It is one of the wonders of God's world that such drastic transformation takes place. Where there was once an ugly, cumbersome grub, laboring to get to the next leaf, there is now this magnificent butterfly that bears no resemblance to its former self.
What would it be like to go through such drastic and amazing changes? To be changed from the slow-moving stagnant existence that seems to be stuck in its own way. Then to move in purpose and sore with joy with what God has intended. To become so much more than you once were through the extraordinary inner work of the Spirit of God!
This transformation should be happening in all of us during this time. God wants us to prosper spiritually, relationally, in alignment with what He is saying during this time. The church as we have known it will look different if we are listening to what the Lord is saying. “Not my will but His will be done”. “On earth as it is in heaven”.
The Bible says that this miraculous inside out change is the experience of every true believer! In fact, the very same word used to describe the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly is used by the Holy Spirit to describe God's work in us. The word is metamorphosis, and God has that in mind for each of us.
Metamorphosis. The root word morphoo means "form" or "nature." It refers to the real inner essence of a person and thing. If the word was applied to you, it would describe the real you, the true nature of who you are, and how that works its way outward in your behavior. Kingdom Impact!!
Now take that root idea and add the Greek prefix meta to it, and it means "to change the essential nature of something or someone." This is inside work that has major repercussions on outward living. This is metamorphosis.
In order for TRANSFORMATION to take place we must operate in humility.
"I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility." I challenge you to try to think about Jesus without thinking about humility.
And He looks at us and says (Matt. 18:4), "Whoever humbles himself like this child - this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Jesus frequently used the trusting disposition of a child as an example. Why? Because a child has no power. He is not considered great in this world. He is not strong. He is not self-sufficient. The world doesn't write books about the accomplishments of a child. And here's the deal: a child isn't bothered by that. Never even crosses his mind.
Humility says, "I don't have to have my way." Humility says, "Things don't necessarily have to please me, because I can see that it's meeting the needs of others." Humility doesn't say, "The music is not what I'd prefer; the decision of the committee kind of goes against what I'd like; I’d like to keep the service the same."
You can tell when humility takes hold. It's when you suddenly realize that you've gone a long period of time without thinking of yourself. What is God calling you to put down or change during this season. Spend some time praying and listening to what God is saying. Spend time in Prayer, Worship and taking communion daily.