Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT (Emphasis mine.)
I was having a little personal prayer and worship time with the Lord and He showed me a picture of two tall silk flags waving as if by a flagger, together. Each flag was vibrant orange with a shimmery purple and orange and yellow butterfly half on each flag. So as they were waved, it appeared that the butterfly was in fact, flapping its wings in flight. The wings moved fluidly and as they moved they exhibited all the colors that had been hidden in the folds.
It was beautiful!
In that same moment He reminded me of the verse above:
“Old things have passed away and the new life has begun.” In some translations it says, “the new life IS!” I like that.
Just like a butterfly that has gone through metamorphosis, we have been changed and we are radically different!
We come out of the cocoon where our old life died and we have to shake out our new gifts that enable us to fly and let them take shape and then we have to learn to use them so that we can fly into our new identity and help to build up the body (the church).
You are made new! Stop trying to go back to being a caterpillar! The Old life is dead! The New Life IS!
If you keep trying to haul out that old dead thing, it is just going to smell bad and your new you won’t fit back into that old cocoon anyway. These things are yours:
- New Life
Old things have passed away and the new IS….and now you have wings to fly! As you spread your wings, all of your colors, your talents and creativity that were formerly hidden will begin to be exhibited.
Choose to soar with the Holy Spirit! It is abundant life!