Who would ever see a caterpillar for the first time and predict that it would become a butterfly?
Who would look at an acorn and predict it would become an oak tree?
But that’s the nature of God’s transformative work. He does the unexpected.
Explain it as nature if you wish, but you still have to marvel at where nature got that kind of power and imagination.
But our awareness of God’s work is easily dulled and we can take it for granted. Especially when change isn’t instantaneously or it isn’t explicitly obvious from our immediate vantage point.
Think about some of the transformations that we experience as we give up our selfish pursuits and live our lives more solely focused on revealing God’s glory through demonstrating His love for others:
- The servant is honored – if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. – John 12:26
- The humble is exalted – Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. – James 4:10
- The weak are made strong – for when I am weak, then I am strong – 2 Corinthians 12:10
- The most unworthy are forgiven – her sins, which are many, have been forgiven – Luke 7:47
- The poorest become the richest – He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with nobles, and inherit a seat of honor – 1 Samuel 2:8
- The dirtiest become clean – having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience – Hebrews 10:22
- The oppressed are set free – He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives…to set free those who are oppressed – Luke 4:18
We want honor, but do we pursue it through serving others? We want to be exalted, but do we pursue it through humility? Do we find strength, forgiveness, and purity through acknowledging we are weak, unworthy, and unclean? Find riches through not striving to be rich? Or freedom by seeking justice for others rather than focusing on our own oppression?
Once we step out on faith and take our eyes off our own desires, we discover an amazing truth: The results aren’t unexpected after all. God delivers exactly as He promised.