Monday, February 1, 2016

A New Creation in Christ

A New Creation in Christ

With Special Guest Sarah Ruut

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB)

A caterpillar, after hiding in its chrysalis for the appointed time, emerges as a beautiful butterfly. That transformation has often been used as an example of the transformation in our own lives when we accept Christ as Savior.

He takes the old and changes it into something new, just as He changes the caterpillar.

Do you see that transformation when you look in the mirror?

We still have the same physical bodies as before. And despite our transformation, we still sin. We are free from the hold it had over us, but we are not suddenly capable of perfection. We still blow it.

So when you look in the mirror, what do you see?

If we’re honest, I think most of us still see our same selves in the mirror. We know our faults and failures, and that’s where we tend to focus.

What if we could look in the mirror and truly see ourselves as new creations? This transformation in our lives is really not like the butterfly, whose transformation is visible. Rather, our transformation takes place on the inside.

Seeing that change requires us to shift our perspective. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you are no longer condemned. You are forgiven! He has gotten rid of the “old you” and put a new creation within your skin. You are now a child of the King! That makes you a prince or princess!

Why is it hard to truly grasp that in such a way that our view of ourselves shifts toward a perspective like His?

I suspect it’s because we are focusing not only on who we were and what we’ve done, but on the tangible things around us. They are, after all, the things we see and touch and do every day. Our perspective is on the here and now.

What if we could apply Colossians 3:2, setting our minds on things above rather than earthly things? Perhaps if we focused on spiritual, heavenly things – spending time in the Word, sharing the gospel, praying for one another, etc. – rather than chasing the “things” of this world, we would find our perspective toward our own selves would shift as well.

You are His beloved! When you look in the mirror, I hope you see yourself through His eyes, chosen and dearly loved. May that perspective transform your entire day!

Sarah Ruut is an avid reader who loves sharing about books and their authors on her blog. You’ll find devotionals as well as reviews of Christian fiction, interviews with amazing authors, giveaways and more at You can also connect with Sarah on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.


  1. A very well written post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great post. Jesus often used "object lessons" and parables to reach the people and I love this analogy of the caterpillar and butterfly.
    Thanks Sarah!

    1. I hope you feel like a butterfly today, Connie! ;-)

  3. Thank you Crystal/Amber for allowing me to share today!

    1. Thank you for stopping by today, Sarah! We enjoyed your post.