Thought for the week

The power of trans­for­ma­tion

The Oban Times - - Birth, Marriages & Deaths - Stu­art Law­son Oban Bap­tist Church

WE SEE this es­pe­cially at this time of year, strik­ingly in the trans­for­ma­tion of a cater­pil­lar to a but­ter­fly.

Un­de­ni­ably, as a cater­pil­lar, op­por­tu­ni­ties are lim­ited, po­ten­tial capped. But when trans­formed into a but­ter­fly, the sense of free­dom is markedly dif­fer­ent from that of its for­mer life.

God’s cre­ation hints to­wards a big­ger story, a greater truth.

Sep­a­rate from God, the op­por­tu­ni­ties to live life as He in­tended are lim­ited, the po­ten­tial capped. But when a lost child em­braces the gospel of Je­sus Christ, some­thing in­cred­i­ble hap­pens – a re­birth, a trans­for­ma­tion by God’s Spirit.

Now, op­por­tu­nity and po­ten­tial are no longer de­fined by nat­u­ral lim­i­ta­tions, but by God’s plans and purposes.

1 Peter 1:23 tells us that in that mo­ment, we are “born again, not of cor­rupt­ible seed, but in­cor­rupt­ible”, and like that but­ter­fly, the trans­for­ma­tion opens to us a whole world of new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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