As the road is wide that leads to destruction, much of mankind are caterpillars concerned with things below. It’s when one realizes a need, turns, and obeys the gospel that he enters Christ through baptism and changes to be born a member of Christ’s body the church. From there the butterfly … erm, Christian … walks (or flies–to keep the illustration consistent) as Jesus did upon that narrow road that leads to eternal life.
I. Romans 5:18-21. Sin marred the image of God that we were created in, but Christ was the perfect image of God who lived perfectly and then died so that in Him we could be restored to that perfection (Romans 6:1-14). When we enter the chrysalis of Christ, we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17-19).
II. Colossians 3:1-17. God’s ways and thoughts are so much above our own (Isaiah 55:8-9), yet in Him we are united with him and change to live differently. Our minds and hearts need to be set on things above, not on earthly things. After all, butterflies have wings and do not have the concerns of caterpillars.
III. Ephesians 2:4-10. The flutter (collective noun for a group of butterflies) that make up the bride of Christ works (obedient living) for the Bridegroom, walks as the Bridegroom (1 John 2:3-6) does, watches for the Bridegroom (Luke 21:34-36), and waits for the Bridegroom (Hebrews 9:27-28).
Jesus has made us to be a new creation as we enter the chrysalis of His body, the church, and are reborn as something entirely different. Why live as if we don’t have wings?