Galatians 6:15. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”
God no longer looks at whether or not we keep the law. He looks at the heart, to see if it has been made new. What matters to Him is that the caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly, free to spread its wings and fly as it enjoys the grace of being unlocked from its cocoon, and its landlocked body becomes renewed and set free.
I know a young man who accepted Christ as is Savior when he was a pre-teen. He never really grew. He lacked a father, and there were no mentors who came in and discipled him. He knew he was saved, but it hasn’t been until recently, after he fell into terrible sin, that he’s been broken-hearted and willing to completely surrender to the Lord. He’s growing by leaps and bounds now, soaking up scripture as if it were his lifeblood.
This is his transformation. He’s been a caterpillar for years, figuring he could make everything perfect by his own efforts. Only now is he willing to accept not only salvation, but the wonderful grace of Jesus that has the power to heal and restore.
It’s wonderful to watch him become a butterfly.