Two weeks ago, I visited the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. One of the exhibits was the “butterfly room”. This was a room full of butterflies—all kinds of beautiful, exotic butterflies. As several of them landed on me, I was able to closely view these marvels of nature. What is most amazing to me is the transformation that takes place from a caterpillar to a butterfly. A caterpillar is limited in its movement with a large, cumbersome body and legs. But, when it is transformed into a butterfly, it can soar in the air! It has the freedom to fly!
Jesus works in our lives the same way. Before we know Christ, we are bound by our own frailties. But Jesus transforms us into a new creature. Paul described the transformation process like this: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”” (2 Corinthians 5:17–18). It is a complete metamorphosis. Jesus transforms us from the inside out.
When Christ transforms us, others do not see us anymore. Because we are a new creature, others see Jesus in us. This is a mysterious process and it is difficult to understand. But it happens for a reason: we have been given the ministry reconciliation. This means that we have the opportunity to share with others the good news! When Jesus has transformed us, we can share with others that he has the power to transform them too! No matter what people are going through, God can take them, wrap them in his cocoon of love, nourish them by his Word, and change them into a beautiful new creature. They can leave their old lives, hurts and pains behind and soar like eagles!
Can you think of better news?
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