August 15th, 2011:
Philippians 3:15-21 "He will take these weak mortal bodies of ours and change them like his own, using the same mighty power that he will use to conquer everything, everywhere."
Christianity is about IMPROVEMENT; it is about transformation. For that reason, we should never be content with just being "better" when our Savior has promised to make everything about us "new".
"Imagine a colony of grubs living in the bottom of a swamp. And every once in a while, one of these grubs is inclined to climb upon a leaf stem to the surface. Then he disappears above the surface and never returns. All the grubs wonder why this is so and what it must be like up there, so they counsel among themselves and agree that the next one who goes up will come back and tell the others.
Not long after that, one of the grubs feels the urge and climbs that leaf stem and goes out above the surface on a lily pad. And there in the warmth of the sun, he falls asleep. While he sleeps, the carapace of the tiny creature breaks open, and out of the inside of the grub comes a magnificent dragonfly with beautiful, wide rainbow-hued iridescent wings. And he spreads those wings and flies, soaring out over the waters. But then he remembers the commitment he has made to those behind, yet now he can't return. They would not recognize him in the first place, and beyond that, he could not live again in such a place. But one thought is his that takes away all the distress: they too, shall climb the stem, and they too, shall know the glory."
JUST as that grub's transformation into a magnificent dragonfly allowed him to soar, so does God's transformation of us through Jesus Christ allow us to spread our wings and fly. When we meet Jesus, we become someone we weren't before, someone capable of doing great things for him.
King James Bible Genesis 5:1
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;