"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2Corinthians 5:17NIV
You are a new creation: Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again....unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to the flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3,5-6
What do you see in this glass bowl? A caterpillar with leaves, dirt, and pine needles. "What does this creature use to move around?" "legs, feet and it crawls"
What does it eat? dirt and leaves
Where does it go? It climbs on trees, on the ground,…
What does it see? Just in front of itself. The ground, the dirt,… not far ahead,
Now when it is changed, What does it change into? A butterfly!
What does a butterfly use to move? Its wings. It's legs. It flies, It moves with the wind, soars in the air, and floats.
What does it eat? nectar from flowers
Where does it go? On trees, flowers, bushes, ....
What does it see? It has a heavenly perspective, or view. It sees where it has been, it can see ahead, it can see far beyond itself, it can see from high above, and touch down to have an effect on what is below. It sees many more things, has "greater wisdom" with God's Eye's view.
What would happen if the butterfly decided to live it's old life? Example, some of its old caterpillar friends called down to it saying, come on, be with us, spend time with us, live like us ….
What would happen to the butterfly? Its wings would get soiled. They would break and tear and he would be unable to fly again. He would get discouraged and depressed that he wasn't living the life he was created for.
Would he still be a butterfly? Yes, but would be sad and unfulfilled.
That is how the life we are to lead is to be, the spirit filled life, moving in the Spirit of God's Wind, Breath. (John 3) Not in the old ways we used to live before we gave our sin to Jesus Christ and were filled with His Holy Spirit, we are not to lie a life of lying and sinning. We are a new creature, and are to live the life according to our New Nature!!
Now comes birthday cake for the new creatures in Christ!!! Amen!!
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