The Freedom of the Butterfly
Have you ever watched the transforming freedom of a butterfly as itÂ releasesÂ from the cocoon? This week I had the educational opportunity to do so as I visited a butterfly conservatory with my family. There we were able to watch butterflies move from the pupa stage to the adult butterfly. As the butterfly first emerges from the chrysalis, both of its wings are soft and folds against its body. As soon as the butterfly has rested after first tasting the air of freedom, it gets to work as it pumps blood into its wings in order to get them flapping. The next step is flying. Usually within a three or four-hour period they will master flying. The butterfly transformsÂ from the caterpillar worm into a free flying beautiful new creature.
The caterpillarÂ releases itselfÂ from its old ways and the impossible now presents itself fully free. Christ gives us that same freedom. Impossibilities become an issue only of the past. This is because Christ forgives our sins enabling us to live eternally with God. Freedom abounds in this new life. But like the caterpillar we have to strive to do things differently. Being freedÂ from our former life releases us from doing things the old way and tying ourselves down with selfish desires but not without commitment.
The Freedom of Christ
Christ sets us free from sin and it is through His help that we stay free. Rules, methods, and special saving conditions do not hold us down. Our new selves can now soar with His help as we have access to Him without the restraints of the past. Like a butterfly releases from the cocoon, Christ has truly set us free.
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Galatians 5:1) NLT)
The Freedom of the Christ Follower
You can live a life of freedom as you devote your life to Christ who has set you free. This freedom arrives with the strength you gain through knowing Christ and depending upon Him. It is often difficult to accept the grace of God in the new freedom found with Christ. Because of this it is important that you do not catch yourself in the ritualistic thinking thatÂ the requirements include you earningÂ your new life. The grace of God is a free gift and that gift is Jesus Christ.
When you question your freedom look straight to Christ and know thatÂ without any restraints it now belongs to you. You are free because of Christ’s purpose as He has set you free from sin and given you not only a new life but an eternal one. This gift should be graciously accepted. You must release the control you think you have on life to the creator and allow Him to lead you through your life on earth. Freedom often appears masked in different forms but there is really only one true freedom to experience in life and that is the freedom Christ gives you.
Forever Freedom of the Transformed
So have you accepted and experienced the freedom found in Christ? Allow yourself to find the challenge and not be a slave to religious laws or allow yourself to indulge in selfish desires. It is important that your convictions of your belief know that Christ came to save all people. Motivation comes from following Him and developingÂ a relationship not because of what He gives but because of who He is. You can find deep comfort in knowing all that He did for you, He did so freely and all you have to do is believe. Freedom is yours for the acceptance so transform your life forever.
Love in Christ,
Happy July 4th!Â
Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. Pope John Paul II
Peter Marshall, a Scots-American preacher and former twice appointed Chaplain of the United States Senate delivered this prayer before the senate reflecting on the truth of being free and the necessary oversight of liberty.
Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.
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