And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.  —Colossians 3:10

Change is always a choice. Nobody can force you or talk you into change. You will not change until you decide you actually want to.

Yet change is also wholly dependent on God. We can’t become the flourishing, loving creatures we were made to be by sheer effort alone. We choose to change, and God gives us the power to change. Then gradually, over time, we do change, putting on the new self that God envisioned for us before the world was created.

Do you know what the word transformation is in Greek? It’s the Greek word metamorphosis. Scientists use this word to describe the way a tadpole—a creature that can live only in the water—changes into a frog that can breathe on land. Putting on the new self is as radical as growing lungs that can breathe the rich, clean air of God’s realm.

Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Let him give you the motivation to change.

Food for Thought: God is ready to transform you into the image of your creator.