I love to watch butterflies. So fragile, so beautiful, so colorful. So free. I remember warm summer days passing patches of flowers and witnessing kaleidoscope of butterflies swarming about in the sun.
Butterflies are amazing. Only God could create such gorgeous creatures from something as creepy and slimy as a caterpillar.
Think how a butterfly gets here. It starts as an egg on a leaf, then morphs into a larva (caterpillar), then into a pupa (or chrysalis) hanging upside down on a twig. What emerges from the pupa is a beautiful, colorful butterfly.What happened to the caterpillar? It died. A butterfly can not become what God intended it to be unless, and until, the caterpillar dies. Sound familiar?
Jesus tells Nicodemus in John 3, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Paul teaches in 2 Corinthians 5:17, ” Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new. Paul describes his life as an authentic follower of Christ in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” KJV.
Unless the caterpillar dies, there’s no butterfly. Unless we die, we can’t have Christ living in us. Without Christ living in us, we can’t know God or experience eternal life or victorious Christian living.
When we accept Christ as Lord and experience the cross, we understand that Christ doesn’t want to change us. He doesn’t want to improve us. He doesn’t want to make us better. He wants to make us new. He wants butterflies, not caterpillars.
Unlike the dead caterpillar, we don’t disappear. When we die, we don’t die physically. We die spiritually. We shed the restrictive skin of our flesh–our sinful nature controlled by Satan. And we become “new creations.” The old things pass away (they die, like the caterpillar).
Paul teaches us in Ephesians that, “…you (we) were dead in your (our) trespasses and sins, in which you (we) formerly walked, according to the course of the world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working (Satan) in the sons of disobedience (those who aren’t yet children of God).” NASB.
But we don’t live in that cocoon any more. Like the butterfly, we are free to walk with God. Free to choose to be faithful followers if Christ. Free to allow Christ to live and move and have His being in us. God sees us as making those choices.
Every time God looks at us, no matter where we are in life, or what we’ve done, God sees a beautiful butterfly, the product of His creation.The tangible outcome of Christ living His life in and through us. He sees us as we will be, not as we are. Not as we used to be.
Think about that for a minute. Have you ever heard of a butterfly becoming a caterpillar again? What it used to be? Why is that? Because the larva and the caterpillar died and became a butterfly forever. A butterfly will never be a caterpillar again. Neither will we ever be what we used to be again.
When we accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, we become beautiful creations of our Holy God. Freed from the power of sin in our lives. Free from the baggage of the Law. Free to choose between living in our flesh or in the Spirit, convicted by the Holy Spirit when we choose to live in our flesh. Free to discover God’s will for our lives and pursue it.
Are you living free today? Have you died to self so you can live for Christ and Christ can live in you? Are you still a slimy caterpillar? Would you like to be a butterfly? You can you know. By accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you’d like to know more about how to become free like a butterfly, follow this link.
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