Bill Hybels relates the story of a poor, lowly caterpillar named Harry who longs to become a butterfly. The caterpillar whole heartedly commits himself to the prospect. He tries and tries, but in the end meets with no success.
“It is hopeless. I am a brown, boring, branch-crawling caterpillar, and that’s my destiny. Woe is me.”
You’d be tempted to say to the caterpillar, “Look, friend, all the commitment in the world won’t change you into a butterfly. But if you cooperate with the miracle of metamorphosis, you can become a multicolored, aeronautical phenomenon!” …
If you’re like our imaginary friend Harry, considering Christianity but hanging back because deep down you know you can’t measure up to the standards, you know yourself well. What you need to understand is the old cart and horse principle, spiritually speaking.
Most people think they have to change their ways, straighten out their lives, clean up their acts. They believe they have to transform themselves before they can become Christians. They try and fail … again and again. It’s an exercise in futility. …
Trust your life to Christ … He performs the miracle of salvation—that spiritual metamorphosis that infuses into our lives the power for total transformation. …
Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. Hybels received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill.
When I was a child, I distinctly remember hearing the scientific lesson of the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly and finding it too incredible to believe. It just didn’t seem possible.
The same is true in the spiritual sense for so many of us. We just can’t believe it’s true.
“Are you a caterpillar tired of trying?" Hybels asks. Why don’t you stop “trying” and start cooperating with the miracle of metamorphosis, and you too can become a multi-colored aeronautical phenomenon!”
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).