Every believer has become a new creature in Christ and is called by God to His service.
Probably in elementary school you learned the principle of metamorphosis: The caterpillar spins its cocoon, then breaks out of it as a butterfly. Can you think of other life-changing events?
Change usually happens in every life. In the history of our nation this change did not occur overnight. The first settlers arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620. It was not until 1776 that colonists won their war for independence. Because these early Americans continued to stand firm in their quest for religious freedom, we today can worship freely and openly without fear of being arrested. Another type of metamorphosis occurs in every individual who seeks salvation. When we accept Jesus into our lives, we become new creatures. As Christians, each of us is called to serve God. Out of love for Jesus we answer that call and seek God’s direction.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17.
1. When one plant is grafted onto another plant, is the resulting plant like either of the first two?
2. If a person loses much weight, he/she is quite different physically. This verse 17 says, “…the old has passed away.” What kind of change is this?
3. When America won its independence, many things changed. What kind of changes happen in a new Christian?
Read Acts 13:2-4.
4. While the church at Antioch was worshipping and fasting, what instruction did they receive?
5. What did the church do to send off Barnabas and Saul?
6. Which Christians are called by God?
7. Do all of us have a task to do?
8. How can we know what is our calling?