Scripture: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

I recently saw a slow motion video of a caterpillar forming a chrysalis and the transformation of the crawling, land-based insect into a beautiful butterfly. As the time lapsed, I could see the various stages of the formation of a new creature that was completely different from the one with which the metamorphosis began. I came away from watching, thinking what a miracle that process is and how beautiful and majestic the butterfly was. Later, it struck me that without the caterpillar there would be no butterfly. When the transformation has taken place, the creature hatches for the second time in its life. Once the new creature gets its bearings and its wings and antenna are ready, it takes off into the air to begin a new life.

So it is with our past lives; the life we lived in the flesh. Deciding to live into God’s grace and our calling as disciples does not mean that we forget or ignore our past. What has come before is part of our journey, our story; it makes us who we are. Just as the butterfly doesn’t crawl on the ground or think itself unworthy to fly, we must use our perspective as a witness to the future and live as a new creation.

The Good News of Jesus Christ is that the chains of our past have been broken! Our ransom is paid. Live as a new creation, not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. Truly, the old has passed away.

Heavenly Father, we are thankful that in Jesus we are made completely new. The old is gone. Help us to use our past to learn, to guide us away from sinful behavior and as a part of our witness, as we break free and move on, living into who you have called us to be. In the name of Jesus our Christ, AMEN

Paula Stover