We can learn a lot from the simplicity of the caterpillar. Just watch what the little guy does: he ultimately spends his time spinning a cocoon around himself because he will never reach his destiny by foot! So he eats and eats from the leaf that he was born onto. Then he spins the cocoon and gets in it! Then he rests inside of the cocoon he just spun. The Creator takes it from there. Inside of the comfort and protection and miracle power of the cocoon, God in His awe and wonder transforms that little fella into one of His most beautiful and limitless creations! It's that simple! He could only crawl before, but now he can fly!
That’s the same miracle of transformation that brings us into God’s purpose for our lives. In fact, some caterpillars actually walk around with tiny wings hidden inside their bodies, even though you could never tell by looking at them. The caterpillar was always created to fly, but in the natural sense, there was just NO WAY that could happen. That’s why we can’t live in the “natural.” God has called us to be transformed supernaturally!
What a marvelous picture of our lives. It may look like all you can do is crawl, and you don’t seem to be getting any closer to your destiny or God’s purpose for your life. For that matter, it feels like you are just spinning your wheels. Well, since we are going to spin something, we might as well spin a cocoon!
Instead of striving to change, let’s get in that cocoon! Instead of trying to fly in our current condition as a caterpillar, (we know how that story ends if we try to jump off the cliff with no wings!), let’s be transformed! There are little wings inside of each born-again child of God ready to spring forth as we rest in our own spiritual “cocoon.”
What is our cocoon? The Bible—the Word of God. As we renew our minds—change the way we think— we are miraculously transformed by God.
We don’t have to strive and struggle to sprout wings. As we wrap our minds and wrap our mindsets with God’s way of thinking, the miracle of transformation begins to take place. We don’t change ourselves, we simply renew our minds, and He changes us!
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Notice in this verse that AS WE LOOK INTO THE MIRROR—we are being transformed into the same image that we are looking at!
The “mirror” is the Word of God, according to James 1:25.
I teach people that we don't read our Bible to see what we are doing wrong and what we are trying to become, but instead, we look into the Bible to see who we ALREADY ARE INSIDE. We may not look like it on the outside yet, but that's what we look like on the inside. Inside your born-again spirit, you look just like Jesus, but your mind doesn't know it yet. That's why we are looking into Scripture as the mirror of our true reflection. As we begin to see ourselves the way God says and the way God sees, that actually starts to conform us into that very image in our everyday lives.
We’ve all heard the question from the classic movie, Snow White: “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” I like to turn that into how we should look at Scripture:
“Mirror Mirror in God’s Book, tell me how I truly look!" God's Word is the true picture of what you really look like, i.e., more than a conqueror, ruling and reigning with Him, a king, and a priest before God, the head and not the tail, and blessed coming in and going out, etc.
This is the miracle of transformation. It takes place as we meditate on God’s Word and His way of thinking.