"Because narrow is the gate and difficult the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:14).
In our own church buildings, many profess the good profession of faith, but few produce the good produce of fruit!
"You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit" (Matthew 7:16-17).
How does your fruit look? Does it look like the fruit from the grapevine or the thornbush? Do you look like the caterpillar or the butterfly?
If you profess to be a "butterfly" (born-again in Christ Jesus), then check your fruit! My husband often encourages churches to give heed to 2 Corinthians 13:5:
"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?---unless indeed you are disqualified."
If you are indeed a "butterfly," then you have been changed into a NEW creation! How incredible is that!?!
And once we have been changed, He keeps changing us! (Thank you, Lord!)
"being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).
We can give God the glory for this transformation. We have left the caterpillar life behind and press on as butterflies and, hopefully, never to be mistaken as a larvae again! :-)
In the Heart of our Home,