And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
The Greek word for transformed is the origin of our English term “metamorphosis.” If you can remember back to some of your Science classes, you learned that the process of a tadpole changing into a frog is called metamorphosis. As a tadpole, life only exists in the water. But as a frog, life can be lived either in the water or on the land. Because of the changes brought about by metamorphosis, the frog now has a choice. It can choose to climb out of the water and mud to a new world waiting to be discovered, or it can remain in the water.
Today’s scripture tells us that if we allow God’s word to transform us by renewing our minds, we no longer have to live in the muddy waters we often find ourselves in. Sure, we can choose to stay in the waters, but God is offering us a chance to get out and discover a new life in Him. When His word renews our minds, we are transformed. We are able to have a new perspective even during trials we face. We learn to trust that we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. (Phil. 4:13)
In my crazy mind, as I sat writing this post, I started thinking about the frog singing Micah Tyler’s song “Different.” I even laughed to myself as I thought about that frog sitting there in the muddy water singing the words, “I can’t waste a day, I can’t stay the same. I wanna be different, I wanna be changed, till all of me is gone (or maybe just my tail) and all that remains, is a fire so bright the whole world can see, there’s something different in me. (I know. Inside my head is a scary place to be! But just trying to keep it real.)
If we allow God to truly transform us from the inside out, we will be able to sing the words, “ I don’t wanna trade your plan for something familiar. (Like staying in the mud.) I can’t waste a day. I can’t stay the same. I wanna be different, I wanna be changed, till all of me is gone, and all that remains, is a fire so bright the whole world can see, that there’s something different, so (Holy Spirit) come and be different in me.
Whether you sing like an angel or you sing like a frog, it will be such a sweet sound to God Who is waiting to hear that you want a metamorphosis to take place in your heart and life. If He can do something so wonderful for a frog, just think about what He is going to do in you!!