ArtęGreg Olsen


"And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Romans 12:2
Transformed To A Butterfly
Spring is all around us here in the Carolinas.
Trees are budding, grass is renewing its color,
flowers are blooming,
and insects are once again becoming a nuisance.
But what about the butterflies?
The caterpillar you see is really a beautiful butterfly!
"Oh," you might say, "but it isn't!
It still looks like a caterpillar."
Well, that is exactly what God does with us.
He comes to us in our caterpillar status,
and declares us to be butterflies.
In reality, that is what happens in nature, too.
That caterpillar does become a butterfly.
For God has given us this remarkable picture
of metamorphosis ~
that which goes into the cocoon as a worm,
comes out as a butterfly.
For it lives part of its life in one state
and part in another.
Justification is instantaneous.
Sanctification is a long growth.
Justification is the act of God whereby
He takes a man who is dead in trespasses and sin
and says,
"I create within you the new life of Christ
and now look upon you and see you just as perfect
as I see my Son, Jesus Christ."
Justification is the act of God
whereby He declares an ungodly man to be perfect
while he is still ungodly.
It is as extraordinary a thing as if you were able
to say that the caterpillar is really a
beautiful butterfly!
When we have Jesus in our hearts,
God makes every thing beautiful!


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