Lessons From A Caterpillar

Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has gone and the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Today’s post is not an original work, as my other’s have been.  

I’m currently reading Frances Chan’s book, “The Forgotten God”, and I love it!!!

This is what he shared on this topic.

Years ago, when a random thought came into my head, I decided to share it with my wife.  “Have you ever wondered what caterpillars think about?”  I asked.

Not surprisingly, she said, “No.”

I then proceeded to tell her about the confusion I imagined a caterpillar must experience.  For all its caterpillar life, it crawls around a small patch of dirt and up and down a few plants.  Then one day it takes a nap.  A long nap.  And then, what in the world must go through its head when it wakes up to discover it can fly?  What happened to its dirty, plump little worm body?  What does it think when it sees its tiny new body and gorgeous wings?


As believers, we ought to experience this same kind of astonishment when the Holy Spirit enters our bodies.  We should be stunned in disbelief over becoming a “new creation” with the Spirit living in us.  As the caterpillar finds its new ability to fly, we should be thrilled over our Spirit-empowered ability to live differently and faithfully.  Isn’t this what the Scriptures speak of?  Isn’t this what we’ve all been longing for?


It really is an astounding truth that the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.  He lives in me.  I do not know what the Spirit will do or where He’ll lead me each time I invite Him to guide me.  But I am tired of living in a way that looks exactly like people who do not have the Holy Spirit of God living in them.  I want to consistently live with an awareness of His strength.  I want to be different today from what I was yesterday as the fruit of the Spirit becomes more manifest in me.


I want to live so that I am truly submitted to the Spirit’s leading on a daily basis.  Christ said it is better for us that the Spirit came, and I want to live like that is true.  I don’t want to keep crawling when I have the ability to fly.


Frances Chan – The Forgotten God

1 Comment »

  1. Ina Said:

    I loved this post! I love that author! I have Crazy Love by him! God bless you Beth, love you!

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