Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
One of the fun things I get to do here at the ministry is to read student newsletters as part of them being approved to send out. Once in a while I find one I really like. Below is a section of a letter written by a young lady from our August 2015 class. When I read it, it really encouraged me. The reason was, we throw terms like “dying to yourself;” taking up your cross and following Christ,” quite a lot. So I wanted to share a little of this young lady’s letter with you:
“Before a butterfly is a butterfly it is a caterpillar. The caterpillar’s whole life surrounds eating; just eating – never satisfied, always looking for more. Until one day it becomes a butterfly. Just as the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, shrugging off the old, we too can live like a butterfly. It is not an easy process and can be painful as we die to our old self and look forward into the eyes of Jesus. With His strength He helps us overcome our self. Then we glance back at the caterpillar and glorify God as we see how he transformed that caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.
God has been shaping and molding me into a butterfly. He sees the deepest parts of my heart and changes what shouldn’t be there. Some of the things God is changing in me is being honest and real with others and God about my struggles and not hiding. We can’t grow if we are trying to hide things and are holding onto them. It’s scary letting go, but it’s even scarier holding on to that hurt, pain, or sin. God heals and when we trust Him, He is faithful to answer.”
What I think about is, do the students (or any of us for that matter). really grasp this concept of dying to self? The fact of the matter is that we cannot really live for Christ unless we truly die to self. Dying to self is not the same as self-denial. Anyone can discipline themselves to do that. But it is a work of the self-life and done in our own strength. Dying to self is totally different. The only true way to die to yourself is to bow our stiff-necked self in complete humility and repentance before Christ, so that he can reign in our lives. It means recognizing that I have no rights and am deserving only of hell. When we come to that point in our life, in an attitude of humility and repentance, He will honor our act of humility, and act on our behalf. Then, as the young lady says, He transforms us from a caterpillar into a butterfly. A couple of my favorite verses in regards to this are Galatians 2:20 and Isaiah 66:1-2. May we come to realize how important humility and true repentance to our walk with our Lord!