Our Bible verse for today: “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It’s time to fly”
From the beginning of this series I’ve been saying that when we learn to accept and fully embrace God’s love for us, and when we learn to love and accept ourselves the way that God loves and accepts us, it will change us. It will change how we think about God, and how we think about ourselves. It will also change how we see and interact with the world around us. It’s time now to begin exploring the practical impact of the love of God for us, in us, and through us.
In his great little Bible study, “The Way of Love” author Ted Dekker offers a wonderful illustration that helps us to understand the transforming impact God’s love can have in our lives. Ted asks us to consider the caterpillar and the butterfly. The caterpillar crawls along the ground, and its understanding of the world around it is limited by its low view of the world. The butterfly however, soars high above the ground and is able to see that same world from a completely different perspective.
The caterpillar and the butterfly are the same creature, just in different stages of development. They are seeing the same world and the same circumstances, just from very different perspectives. Once the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly and is therefore able to fly high above his world, his entire perspective of that world changes. The difference isn’t found in the circumstances, but in the perspective of those circumstances.
As Christians we’re like the caterpillar or the butterfly. We’re either crawling along on the ground, limited in our perspective and with a very low view of the world and of our circumstances, or we’re like the butterfly – we’ve been transformed, we can fly, and we are therefore able to soar high above the world around us seeing it from a higher, elevated perspective.
It’s God’s love that brings about this transformation in us. As we fully embrace and accept His love for us, as we relax in it and align our sight with His, our will with His, it changes our perspective. We’re learning to fly -and that changes everything.
Spiritually are you like the caterpillar, crawling along on the ground with a low and limited perspective of the world around you and of your circumstances in it? Or are you like the butterfly, soaring high and seeing things from a higher, elevated perspective? To live a life grounded in the love of God we have to learn to see our world and our circumstances with that higher, elevated perspective.