A New Creation in Christ
So many times, I am questioned about why we have so many butterflies in our church. I must admit that there are those who are very skeptical and doubtful that the butterflies represent any more than just a picture of some insect. I would argue strongly that butterflies represent our new life in Christ. We are new creations in Christ; old things are passed away and all things are made new. No matter how you look at the butterfly, it is beautiful with its many colors. It is amazing how the butterfly emerges from a cocoon, to an unclean insect, and then into a marvelous, magnificent portrait of beauty. That is how our lives emerge. God sees us as the beauty He created. As we fall to sin, His love and power cleanses us and makes us clean all over again. What was once dirty and undone is now a life that has been changed into the marvelous image of God as recorded in II Corinthians 5:17:
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
Here, Paul makes it clear; if anyone is in Christ, he or she is made new and radically transformed from an old sinful state. The old state of sinfulness has passed away. That is to say, the old refers to the desires of a self-centered life and the new is the Christ centered life. This new transformation occurs in our heart, mind, and life. Paul goes on to say in the following verses that God has reconciled us to Himself. My soul rejoices every time I think how Christ has washed my sins away. Throughout the day, I gaze at the butterflies in my office, home, and the sanctuary because they remind me of my new life in Christ. I know that God loves me unconditionally, no matter what others may think about me Know that I’m still not what I could be, but I thank God that I’m not what I use to be. A change, a wonderful change has come into my life. I pray the change has also come into your life. Next time you catch a glimpse of a butterfly let it remind you of how much God loves you.
II Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)