Do you remember Play-Doh? It was a moldable substance that you could turn into anything if you had creative talent. Other kids just ate it. Play-Doh came in various colors, and as long as you kept it in its container with the lid on, it would last for a while. The creative ones could use it to form faces and animals. The rest of us would press the round lid into a pile of it and make perfect colored pancakes. Or we could roll a glob of it between our hands real fast and watch it thin out and become a worm. It could make a mess of fabric or carpet, but it spurred creativity in kids.
Well, it was supposed to spur creativity in kids. But eventually they made a Play-Doh “Fun Factory”. This factory was a plastic industrial wonder. You would stick a pile of Play-Doh into the press, attach a contraption to the front, aligning whatever shape you desired with the opening, and then press down on the handle. As you pressed down, the Play-Doh was forced through the open shape. Out would come a strand of Play-Doh in the shape of a star, or heart, or triangle. It was like you could make your own Lucky Charms out of Play-Doh. You could turn a crank and it would become a pasta maker.
Sure, you could get perfect pasta, and stars, but it was the same. All you did was pressed down on the machine. Today you will be pressed by various things. This world is like a huge Play-doh factory. They try to sell it as fun and creative, but it is really just a way to crank out people who are similar in their shapes. God created us to be holy. We have rebelled against Him. So He has to work in our lives to bring us back to that holy place. The world wants you to conform to their shape. God wants you to be transformed into who He created you to be. The world forms you by pressing you from the outside. You think you have become something great, but you only have the shape of that beautiful thing. God transforms from the inside, truly changing your spiritual DNA. You are not an old life made to look like something new. You truly have new life when you are in Christ. The world uses the Play-Doh Fun Factory system forming clay into spaghetti noodles with external forces. God uses the metamorphosis system to turn a caterpillar into a butterfly, from the inside out. When Play-Doh goes through the Fun Factory, it is still Play-Doh. When a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, it develops two significant differences. It can now fly because it has wings, and it can reproduce. God wants you to fly spiritually. God wants you to reproduce spiritually.
Today the world will press you through their factory to make you look like a butterfly. Do not let this happen. Rather, let God turn you into a real child of the King, from the inside out. Long before Play-Doh, the apostle Paul challenged the early Christians, “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Paul was literally saying, “Do not be pressed into the mold of the world. But be changed by the metamorphosis power of God.” Today, do not let the world press the life out of you. Allow God to produce life in you.
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