Christmas is approaching and I am thinking about the birth of Jesus. But as I think about his birth, his life, his death and his resurrection, figuratively speaking he went through a form of metamorphosis. And as Christians living for our Father in Heaven; we too must go through a complete transformation like the metamorphosis of a butterfly. One definition of metamorphosis is a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means. Jesus was born of a virgin and died a painful death on the cross because he loved us. He arose on the third day and then we received our comforter the Holy Spirit who lives and dwells within us, the children of God.
Christmas gifts this year I have been making baskets with lights. But I’ve been putting butterflies in the baskets. Butterflies are such a beautiful creation with such a sweet free spirit. And to me they represent the deep change that a person goes through after one has surrendered to God. This relationship with our Father should be such a transformation that it’s like the metamorphosis of a butterfly. Deep and intimate; our change is from the inside out. It’s not simply doing good or improving our behavior but a genuine transformation as we take Christ in as our spiritual food and drink.
***2 Corinthians 5:17 -Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
When I Google the word butterfly; I found that butterflies are a deep and powerful representation of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of Resurrection. Around the world people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope and life. In my research I discovered that in the original Greek language of the New Testament, the word used for transformation is metamorphosis.
***2 Corinthians 3:18 –But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
***Romans 12:2 – And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
Gods beautiful butterflies go through 4 stages in their life. From an egg that is laid on a leaf to hatching into a caterpillar. In the caterpillar stage it eats the leaf from which it was hatched and continues feeding on the host plant for growth. Once the caterpillar is fully grown it then attaches itself to a safe place so it can begin the pupa stage (chrysalis or cocoon). It’s at this point that metamorphosis takes place changing the caterpillar into an adult butterfly. Once it emerges from the pupa stage it has four colorful wings and six legs but the wings are soft and crumpled. It is here that the butterfly pumps blood into its wings allowing them to dry and harden so it can fly.
Our Christian walk is much like the life cycle of these beautiful creatures. We too must go through stages in our growth with God. Our first stage after we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior we are fragile needing protection and nourishment for growth. The second stage like the caterpillar we hatch out but we are slowly moving and always eating. It is here that we get rid of old habits, friends, etc. that hinder our growth. The third stage is when God fills us with his love, grace, comfort and strength as we shed our old ways. It’s here that we need to be ready to hear what God has for us and prepare to do his work. The fourth stage is when we must realize our true potential and capabilities and know who we are in Christ and walk in the calling He has on our life. As God guides us we must be always feeding on His word and sharing the gospel with everyone!
As we go about this Christmas reflecting on the life of Jesus; let’s reflect on our on life. Have we truly experienced metamorphosis in our life or are we still in waiting to be hatched or perhaps hiding in the cocoon!? God is a gentleman and will never force himself on us. However, we determine our own growth. What are we waiting for? Let’s mature and fly!
Accepting Christ as your Savior and having that intimate relationship with Him is life changing. Just a life changing as the butterfly life…. From an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful soaring butterfly!
To God Be the Glory, Honor and Praise!
Love You Everyone,