Key Words: Except ye be converted
Are you like the butterfly, botanist or the bee? Let me explain.
A butterfly prances from flower to flower, pausing and moving like believers who go from service to service. They don’t really DO anything. They just flitter. They are really good at looking pretty, dressed, and colorful on any given Sunday. These people go from church to church and conference to conference—fluttering.
Some are like the botanist who intently studies the flower, taking copious notes, writing everything down, and observing all of the idiosyncratic details of every kind of flower there is. Although this botanist may be an academic genius, he is totally unaffected by his notes.
This person is like the Bible college student or the seminarian who can quote Greek, Hebrew, and Edgar. He can break down the syntax of a sentence and go into the grammatical construct of a verse, diagramming ALL the elements of the passage, but who walks away untransformed with all of his knowledge.
But then there’s the bee. The bee is a little different; it goes into the flower and takes out the nectar; the bee does more than the butterfly, which just wants to flutter from place to place. It does more than the botanist who just wants a good grade. The bee wants to partake of the nectar of the flower. It comes in empty but leaves full. And on its way out, it deposits something somewhere so that pollination occurs and life keeps on going.
Are you a butterfly? Are you a botanist? or are you a bee? Are you merely fluttering from service to service to feel good about having gone to church? Are you one who writes down everything but are untransformed? Or are you one who will receive the full truth from the Word of God because you have been converted?
✞ The key to success in the Christian life is not by looking pretty but by being converted.
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