(For September 16, 2012 midweek church email devotion)
Last Lord’s Day morning we were told to remember and be who we are in Christ as new creatures possessing all new things. The closing illustration said we need to see that we are butterflies so that we act like who we are in Christ.
One reference given earlier in the sermon was this Proverb: “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)
See the stark contrast of these images as we should.
On a walk this week, I happened to pass by a disgusting heap of dog feces. There were a ton of flies buzzing and swarming over the pile of putrescence. But they were NOT butterflies. I cannot help but make the connection for us in light of the recent sermon. When we go back to our sins, we are like a dog licking its vomit; or just as gross, we are like nasty flies licking up what comes out the dog’s other end. This does not become us, we who are God’s temple, for “holiness becometh thine house.” (Psalm 93:5).
Let’s see sin for what it is as we remember who we are. And let us flutter by the garbage dumps, looking instead for flowers to lay our feet upon. Guess what? That’s where the other mature butterflies are putting their mouths. And the nectar they drink sweet and clean and pleasant.
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103).
Be the butterflies that you are, beloved. Don’t only remember, but BE who you are in Christ! For His glory and for your good. It’s never too late to change …