Tuesday, November 4, 2008

From Larvae to Butterflies: Regeneration Part 2



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Another interesting thing to note, the butterfly is so different,

NOBODY would mistake it for a caterpillar!


It doesn't look like a caterpillar,


crawl like a caterpillar,


eat like a caterpillar,


or even molt like a caterpillar anymore.


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My husband is an evangelist, and we are serving in many churches throughout the year--often a different church each week. It is such a blessing to meet Believers from other cities and states and to be encouraged by each one's faith and walk.

However, in many (most?) of these church buildings, I see many caterpillars. They profess to be butterflies, but they don't look, talk, or bear the fruit of butterflies. I find this to be strange.



"Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us" (1 John 3:24).



"He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked" (1 John 2:6).



"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love" (1 John 4:7-8).



We live in a country where 80-90 % claim to be Christians. Immediately, I see a problem with the statistic:



"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,

Rebekah



2 comments:

Mama Hen said...

What a great analogy. And look how beautiful the butterfly is compared to the catapillar. We are beautiful (righteous) to God because of Jesus!

Rachel said...

Great thoughts! I love your talent with analogies.