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Inside: God wants to change your life, but He’s not going to just change it for you. Say “yes” to Jesus, and begin your transformation! He will help you and give you strength!

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This post is part of the series, “Viewing Health and Wellness Through a Christian Lens!

When I say of the word transformation, what do you think about?

In my opinion, most likely, it’s a butterfly.

That seems to be the typical visual when this word appears.

At its simplest, the caterpillar gets into the chrysalis and after a short time period, it becomes a beautiful butterfly.

While this is true, I wanted to dig a little deeper into what actually happens. I’m a researcher at heart, and sometimes simple isn’t enough meat for me.

So here’s what I have learned so that I can then try and weave this into our journey of health and wellness with God.

Here’s the bottom truth: God has placed all the necessary components within the caterpillar to get it to its purpose of becoming that butterfly.

Before the caterpillar is ready for the transformation, it needs to grow and eat and eat and eat.

It takes calories to metamorphosize.

How the caterpillar knows when to start is another one of God’s secret.

We need to keep in mind that the caterpillar can become prey during its life as a caterpillar and then never make it to its end goal.

Before we move on, let’s define this word transformation!

 

What is Transformation?

According to Merriam-Webster, transformation/ transforming is: 1: an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed.

The difference between this word and the word change is that change is initial, but transformation is a lifestyle makeover, where your beliefs have been effected too.

In the Bible, we can see this example in the Israelites when they left Egypt.

The Israelites no longer lived in Egypt while they were traveling through the wilderness (change).

They complained and whined because they felt like they still wanted to live in Egypt even though they didn’t like the cruel punishment of Pharaoh.

They spent 40 years in the wilderness because the Israelites did not obey God while they were in the wilderness; therefore, God did not lead them straight into the land He had promised them.

If they would have stopped their grumbling and complaining and asked for God’s help, they might have shortened that.

It’s only when they no longer looked back but kept looking forward that their transformation happened.

How about you, friend?

Are you spending most of your time looking in your past?

No Longer Looking Back

As Christians, we know that complete transformation won’t happen until we are in Heaven when we will be perfected in the ultimate transformation, but the beginning of it happens when we say yes to Jesus.

Say Yes To Jesus

We have to choose to accept Christ into our hearts say “yes” so that Jesus can begin the transformation.

Because the truth is: God gave us free will. He isn’t going to force us to be something we aren’t.

Additionally, when we choose to begin this process, it won’t be easy. Actually, it will be hard! We will be pressured and pressed on all sides.

However, we have God to give us strength and to help us.

Back to the butterfly… Once the caterpillar has eaten and once it’s full, it goes into the chrysalis. I wonder if it feels the pressure on all sides?

When the chrysalis finally opens, the butterfly is the most vulnerable because its wings are wrinkled and wet, so it needs to wait until they unfold and dry out.

Here’s a nugget of wisdom: When you decide to be different from the rest of the world, you will be vulnerable.

However, God will be with you, and you can trust that God will be with you.

Philippians 4:13 New Living Translation (NLT)

13 For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength.

                     

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Are You Ready to Say Yes to Jesus?

That’s the biggest question you need to ask yourself: Do you want to be different?

If the answer is yes, then God can begin working within you.

He’s been searching for those who are ready to be set apart because He wants us to choose Him and His ways.

2 Chronicles 16:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.

We can rise above all the issues in our life when we know God is with us and for us. Choosing that He is working it all out for our good and knowing that He is transforming us makes all the difference!

To read the other posts in this series:

The Best for You: Christian Health and Wellness Resources

 

Here are some resources I’m currently enjoying:

Shelemah

Why Your Diet Matters as a Christian

Grace Filled Plate

Essential Oils as a bridge between where I was and where I’d like to be. They help in tandem with God’s word in my journey!

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