September is National Recovery Month to draw more attention to “recovery” from addictions. While “recovery” is a good word, God wants more for His children than recovery. He uses the word “transformation” in the Bible found in Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 3:18. “Transformation” in those verses comes from the Greek word where we derive the word, “metamorphosis.”
The best picture of a metamorphosis is found in God’s nature: when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. That conversion is exactly what we are talking about when someone becomes a Christian and begins to be transformed by the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus Christ.
Recovery has the idea of being what I once was. For example, after my neck surgery, I wanted to be in the recovery room and I wanted to recover by getting back to normal. Well, for Christians, I think most of you understand that we don’t need to go back to who we once were – we need to be changed into His image: into the image of Christ. We are new creations in Christ Jesus (II Cor. 5:17). The old caterpillar is gone and now we are butterflies who are learning to be like Christ every day!
So, yes, it’s national recovey month and that’s an ok word, but for a Christian, we want to “Be Transformed” into the likeness of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit as we read and DO the Word of God (I Tim. 4:7-8; James 1:22).
Maybe next year it will be “National Transformation Month” for Christians!
-Mark (grateful to be transformed by the power of Christ)