We are all familiar with frogs and butterflies. We have been reminded again and again about the transformation that takes place from tadpole to frog, or from caterpillar to butterfly. We observe and accept this transformation. We are reminded that this is a picture of the transformation that takes place at salvation. But, have we really bought in to the reality? Transformation. The caterpillar pauses. It spins the cocoon, where it will live for some time. While we watch and wait, something amazing is happening. Eventually, the butterfly that emerges is very different from the caterpillar that entered.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (ESV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
We teach the cross often. Christ died for our sins. We become forgiven and are made right with God. This is a result of Christ taking our sin upon Himself. We are familiar with the altar call and the rescue that takes place. But, I want to challenge you to think further than this. I want you to see that we not only become positionally forgiven. We are not just forgiven and headed to heaven. Jesus rose from the dead. We are not just saved on the cross, we are set free. We have the Holy Spirit. He indwells us and comes to lead, comfort, and encourage us. He will lead us in to all truth. We are not just saved, we are raised to walk in newness of life. We are transformed. This is another part of the work that was accomplished on the cross.
Back to the idea of becoming a butterfly. Can we think past the sweet picture of a butterfly spreading its wings? I want you to write your own story. This narrative includes a life transformed in the same way the butterfly is born. It is not without struggle for the butterfly to be set loose. I want you to know that you are set free, your former sinful self has been put to death and that you are raised to walk in newness of life. You see, the caterpillar does not just cease to be a caterpillar. The caterpillar is reborn. We now have a butterfly. I want you to see your self as raised and walking I newness of life. The old has passed away. You are TRANSFORMED. You are a new creature. You are not just leaving something behind. You are headed somewhere new. It is a place of God’s presence, walking in the Holy Spirit. It is a place where we have resources for this life to be made new. God desires to see you able to live in this new way. He is there to equip you to do so. So, point your feet in the direction He is taking you. Stand firm. Walk the path set before you in His strength and presence. Be optimistic. An adventure awaits. It is the adventure of Him, and you in Him.