One of the most used metaphors of transformation is the caterpillar and the butterfly. What seems truly fantastic on the outside is actually a gruesome process. As God’s perfect creation, we are no different. Transformation is painful. Our old-self must die so that a new life can come forth.
What stage of metamorphosis are you in? Are you the hungry caterpillar, gorging on things that The Father will reject? Are you are the goo; spiritually dead on the inside? Or perhaps you are the butterfly, using your wings and talents for your God-given purpose.
Change is inevitable, either good or bad, and the price of spiritual transformation is high. Our sinful nature battles with The Holy Spirit that lives in us to do what is right and what is good. The things of this world wants to distract us: family, friends, busy calendars, sports, social media, cellphones, work… But, we can’t lose focus. Our life no longer belongs to us. It belongs to Him, the Great I Am. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” –Galatians 2:20.
While an earthbound caterpillar can never know the heights of a soaring butterfly, an unbeliever can never know the full beauty and love of The Father if they haven’t died spiritually and been given new life.
In the end, where will you stand with Christ, the maker of the original cocoon? “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” –Jeremiah 1:5
- Bridgette Brashear