When we experience the transforming and life giving power of God, through salvation, we often want to share it with others. This is your opportunity to share what God has done in your life.
One of the most amazing metamorphoses occurring in nature is the caterpillar to butterfly. The life of a caterpillar appears to be a simple one. Its days are spent seeking the best paths and the best leaves. This search is filled with both trial and error. Some routes lead to poor quality leaves or, worse, to a hungry bird. The best routes reward the industrious caterpillar with a lush branch full of nutritious leaves.
Watching the caterpillar on its daily mission, we may think, “What a hard life. Its work is cumbersome and its life is often at risk. There are many hazards.” The life of a true Christian often resembles that of the caterpillar: arduous and dangerous. We may even be persecuted by others, but our reward is great.
This light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen, for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
To go further, Matthew 5:11-12 says:
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven.
In our lives, which are often times hard and tiresome, we should rejoice and put our minds toward a heavenly pursuit. This positive action for Christ will put joy in our heart. Life becomes, not tiresome, but exciting! And when we work out of love for God, we will be blessed by rewards in heaven.
Our goal should be to have an absolute commitment to Him who gave us this life and the life to come. To the servant in Luke 19: 17-19, who earned ten pounds, it was said “Well done, good servant, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities”, whereas the servant who made only five pounds was told “And you are to be over five cities.”
The caterpillar knows nothing of with the butterfly and its ways and, yet, the caterpillar will actually become a butterfly. It will transform into this amazing and beautiful winged creature, experiencing a life that the caterpillar could not have imagined. Nonetheless, it will happen.
If you seek the basics – to know God personally, read God’s word daily, pray to Him, give Him praise and worship, fellowship with other believers, and go out into the world and share your story – then you will transform as the caterpillar does. You will see your life on earth come to fruition as God intended for you, all while building your reward in Heaven.
The goal of the Caterpillar Project is to help Christ followers prepare for life with God by doing what He has commanded for us on earth: to love God with everything that we are and to obey Him… ultimately, to live life more abundantly. Living this type of life prepares us for an eternity with our maker.
Are you experiencing your Christian life to the fullest and preparing for your life in Heaven?
We would love for you to participate with us in the Caterpillar Project. Let us know how God has been using you. Are you in the mission field or just returning? Have you had a God led witnessing encounter? Share your experiences with us by posting below.
Stephen John Spivey
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