2013-01-30 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Becoming A Butterfly
From The Upper Room The World’s Most Widely Read Daily Devotional Guide

Read Ephesians 2:1-10

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)

Have you ever watched a butterfly working its way out of a chrysalis? The process requires an amazing struggle. Anyone who does not understand the purpose of the struggle might in sympathy snip the chrysalis. This would make it easier for the butterfly to get out, but the butterfly would likely be underdeveloped and never fly. The struggle is part of the process of developing strong wings. For many years of my Christian life I felt like a butterfly trapped in a chrysalis — a chrysalis of secular values, philosophy, and standards. Struggling through my feelings of inferiority, fear, and failure was agonizing and time-consuming. However, shortening this spiritual metamorphosis would have resulted in a weak, superficial Christian life. I became a new creature when I accepted Christ as my personal Savior. Slowly, like an emerging butterfly, I was freed — I found spiritual freedom in Christ. Christ desires that every one of his followers live unencumbered by our old nature and develop strong wings to fly free as new creations. Read more from Sandra on The Upper Room blog today.

Sandra Hastings

(Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)

Thought for the Day: Gaining our freedom is worth the struggle it may take to get there.

Prayer: Dear Lord, give us strength and courage to grow into spiritual freedom. Amen.

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