Why Metamorphosis? As this retreat comes together I can easily imagine a lot of guys asking why we picked that word as our image.
I was wrestling with a theme idea and had come up with Men, Mountains and . . . well I didn’t have a third word. But I noticed the alliteration of the first two, so I was searching a thesaurus for a word that meant change and started with M.
About that time my wife looked over my shoulder and suggested metamorphosis. So I tested out the idea of Men, Mountains, Metamorphosis on a few guys. Mostly they hated it. Then Dr. David Johnson suggested going with just the one word Metamorphosis.
Originally I was going to dismiss the idea because it produced images in my mind of bullfrogs and butterflies. These are not masculine images.
But then I started thinking about metamorphic rocks. Rocks like everything else were created by God, but there are three processes God designed to keep us in a steady supply of rocks, sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic.
Sedimentary rock is just layers of debris glued together by natural processes. Igneous means fire formed and this category is the lava rocks. Both of these tend to be very fragile and less useful.
Metamorphic rocks form when other rocks or magma are heated and put under pressure inside the earth. This process makes granite, marble, quartzite and other very solid rocks. As the rocks cool the similar materials crystalize, gather together, to create the grain and texture of the rock. These structures within the stone give it strength, durability, and beauty
Metamorphic rocks remind me of men’s ministry. Men who become bedrock anchors for their church develop slowly, and over time are shaped by and proven by heat and pressure. If the shaping process is rushed they will be brittle, and easily broken. If they accumulate too much of the debris of life, they will be confused and unstable.
A man who continues to grow and mature over the long haul will become both discipled and disciplined. These men will have taken time to solidify Christian living and doctrinal constructs. These patterns in their lives become like the grain in a slab of granite, fitting tightly together and making it strong.
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 12:2 (HCSB)
The word translated ‘transformed’ is the Greek word we borrowed to become the word metamorphosis in English. Men who are willing to endure the heat and the pressure of Christian living, become transformed into something greater. Something of the Master’s design.