Butterfly metamorphosis is one of the most spectacular transformations in nature. These beautiful insects begin life as awkward caterpillars with restricted mobility. Then, cocooned in a chrysalis, a series of dramatic physical transformations takes place. The transformed caterpillar eventually emerges dark, wet, and quivering from its cocoon. Intricately patterned wings slowly unfold and the butterfly begins to flit freely from flower to flower.
God calls each of His children to undergo spiritual metamorphosis. This is the process of being transformed into the image of Christ. This holy transformation is how God’s kingdom of light, His glory, is spread throughout the earth by His people, the church.
At salvation, we are like an emerging butterfly. Brand new creatures in Christ, our old nature is gone and new life has come. We have wings of faith that must be unfurled and exercised. God uses His Word to strengthen us as we feed upon and obey it.
An integral part of our recreation is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Like the wings of a butterfly, God’s Word is activated by the Spirit to lift us to new freedoms in Christ. Our wings of faith are tested by different air currents: troubles, trials and disappointments. As we surrender to the authority of Christ’s Word and Spirit, He enables us to resist temptation and respond to troubling difficulties in the all-sufficient grace of Christ.
Are you experiencing the freedom from sin that a life of faith and obedience to Christ brings? Cocoon yourself with Him in daily fellowship, receiving His words. What will be the result? Like the divinely designed patterns on a butterfly’s wings, you will display the intricate beauty and glory of your Maker. He will continue to unfold dazzling wings of faith that will lift you high above evil, morphing you into His holy likeness. Others will see your good deeds and be drawn to Christ.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.”