A Crawling Butterfly

If you are a believer and disciple of Jesus; if you have turned from your sins and met the risen Christ, then you are a new creation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

The old, the filth, the junk, the sin, the guilt, the shame – it’s all gone. All your sins have been forgiven; you’re a new creation. The problem, though, is that some Christians don’t understand what it means to be a new creation. It’s like a caterpillar becoming a new creation, the butterfly. But imagine if the butterfly broke out of his cocoon and just crawled around like a caterpillar. Some of us have been transformed to fly and yet continue to crawl around on the ground, missing our true calling and divine potential. 

So are you spiritually soaring or are you crawling right now? If you feel like you’re still on the ground, then it’s time you realized that God wants you to fly. You’re not just an average, run-of-the-mill Christian barely making it. No. If you’re a Christian, then there is nothing regular about you. You must understand that you are filled with the same Spirit that raised Christ from the grave, and there’s nothing ordinary about that!

You have access to the very throne of God; that’s not regular! You have the authority to use the name that is above every name, the name of Jesus Christ. There is nothing regular about you. And when you know who you are, you’ll know what to do. If you know who you are in Christ, then you’ll know how to represent Him wherever you go.

This is true for all Christians, not just select people who are called into full-time vocational ministry. Let me tell you something that drives me crazy. I go nuts when people try to hold me to a higher standard simply because I’m a leader in the Church. Ever area of my life gets scrutinized and held to this higher level of accountability: the way I spend my money, the way I spend my time, the way I talk to people, the movies that I watch, the words that I say. 

I’m a leader. Sure. I’ll be judged more strictly for what I teach (see James 3:1). But when it comes to how we live, all Christians should be held to the same standard. I’m not saying that I should be brought down to a lower standard. No, I’m saying that if you’re a Christian, you are Christ’s ambassador and you too should be at a higher standard in everything that you do.

Paul describes our mission this way: “[God] has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Notice that it doesn’t say that He has committed elders or deacons or pastors or missionaries. No. God has committed to us – all of us – His message of reconciliation through Christ.

If we consider the meaning of reconciliation in the context of the original Greek language, it means “to restore to the divine.” Basically, it means to help people be made right with God. It’s to take that which is broken, as we are separated from God by our sin, and to help others know who Christ is so they can be whole and made right with God. God has committed to those who are Christians the message of reconciliation. Paul concludes, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

This makes sense was we consider the job description of an ambassador. Traditionally, an ambassador serves as the highest-ranking diplomat sent as a representative from one country to another. For example, if I became the ambassador of Canada to Egypt, then I would be the highest-ranking diplomat sent to represent the Canadian government to Egypt. The same is true for you. You are the highest-ranking diplomat sent by God, from heaven to earth, to share with those around you the truth of your homeland. Earth is not your home. The Bible says that you are an alien here. This is not your final destination. You’re sent to represent the King from the Kingdom that sent you. You represent the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

So, my point: There is no such thing as just an ordinary Christian. 

So my point: When you know who you are, you’ll know what to do! If you know who you are in Christ, then you’ll know how to represent Him wherever you go. 

So my point: It is time to truly discover who you are and learn to fly; to do what God has called you to do right where you live and work and play.