Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

We recently visited a children’s museum in San Antonio with a great friend of mine. Inside the museum was an exhibit of butterflies from all over the world. The Madagascar butterfly was the most phenomenal of them all — it had more “wow” appeal than the sparkliest Dolly Pardon outfit. “Madagascar should advertise their butterflies to boost their tourism industry,” my friend said. What a great idea — after having seen this exhibit, I want to visit Madagascar just for the chance to see one of these things live.

The mystery of the butterfly has always intrigued me. It starts out as a worm – which we only can stomach because it has lots of little feet and we call it a caterpillar. But, c’mon – it’s a worm. Then it holes up for awhile and comes out a new creation — an incredibly beautiful, whimsical, unique butterfly.

That’s what it’s like for those who are in Jesus. We were once like worms; we transformed through dying to our former ways when we invited Jesus into our lives; and now we are like butterflies — the old is gone, the new has come.

So, I’m like a butterfly. That’s what I was thinking as a monarch butterfly floated across the path in front of me this week.

But of all the butterflies, I want to be like a Madagascar butterfly. I want to be so stunning and brilliant by my Christ-likeness that people are wowed by how I reflect his love, grace, and Spirit. That’s my goal.