A new creation in Christ!
If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of a butterfly, you would likely agree that it is one of God’s most beautiful creations—an elegant and peaceful creature with colourful, intricate wings that resemble stained glass windows. When we see a butterfly, we are looking at it in its transformed state, having undergone a complete metamorphosis, a total transformation. In that moment, we rarely think about the butterfly as what it once was—an ugly, useless caterpillar feeding on everything in its path. But when it’s fully developed, the caterpillar transforms into a thing of beauty. We experience this type of transformation when we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. We exchange our old life for a new one, one transformed into the image of God.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
When we become Christians, we become born again—a new creature with a new life guided by the Holy Spirit who comes to live within us. We exchange sin for forgiveness, legalism for grace and sadness for joy. As a new creation, you no longer have to let the things in your past life hold you back from your new life in Christ. It’s in the past!
But just like the metamorphosis of a butterfly, the transformation process can be ugly and take some time. It can take up to 14 days for a caterpillar to develop into a butterfly and in this time in its cocoon, it sheds its old skin, forms a new mouth and receives improved eyesight. Then it must learn to fly. Like the butterfly, we too must learn to fly—to shed off our old life, replace our vocabulary with words of love and encouragement and see the truth that is God’s Word with clear vision.
As the Holy Spirit works in us, He transforms us from the inside out and strips us of the things of our old life that don’t belong there anymore including bad habits, negative thoughts and destructive feelings. As we remain steadfast in our walk with God, we begin to see evidence of this transformation in our lives and others around us can attest that we are indeed different. When we recognize that we are new and improved versions of ourselves through Christ, we can see ourselves as God sees us—not as what we were but what we have become—a beautiful butterfly.
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