Caterpillar

Josh Hunt relates a wonderful story to illustrate how futile some of our efforts are to change. Imagine overhearing a conversation with a Canadian caterpillar. You listen to someone urge the little creature, “You better get going. It is almost winter.”
The caterpillar replies, “Where should I go?”

“Mexico,” comes the response.

“How far is that?” the caterpillar asks.

“3000 miles,” is the answer.

Now, the caterpillar can’t even comprehend how long one mile is, let alone, 3000 miles. All he can think is, “I am gong to have to work really hard.”

This would be a daunting task for any creature, but for a caterpillar it would be an impossibility.

Except for one thing.

God has given caterpillars the power of transformation.

Every year thousand of caterpillars do make the 3000 mile trek from Canada to Mexico, not by trying really hard, but by transformation.

The caterpillar with go through a metamorphosis and turn into an entirely different creature. As a new creature, a butterfly, the impossible is possible.

This is Scripture’s secret to our ability to do the impossible.

Our metamorphosis does not come by entering the chrysalis, as the caterpillar does. The divine, the Spirit of Jesus himself, enters us. From the inside out, we become a new creation.

We are called to the unimaginable. Our destiny is to be changed into the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29).

No amount of effort can make this happen.

So why do we keep trying to change by our own effort? Paul asked the Galatian believers, “After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” (Gal 3:3).

Why do we urge others to change by trying harder? We prod them to be more earnest in their commitment. We say to them, “If only you would be more consistent in your performance, you would overcome that tendency.”

Our appeal, to ourselves and others, must be to allow a metamorphosis transpire within. Paul wrote to the Romans, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)

Transformation is supernatural. If we try to attempt it in the natural, it will never take place. Can you imagine anything more pitiful than that caterpillar inching along, trying to attempt the absurd?

How many of us in our ministry efforts or as we simply try to live the Christian life are attempting something more ridiculous?

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