They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions . Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again.
They felt when this happened their friend was dead, gone forever.
Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap.
So, fly he did!
And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.
Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead.
He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than end.
Yes in one sense being transformed is a personal choice, but it is not something we can do alone. Jesus came back to show us the way and in Him and through the Holy Spirit we are Born again of His seed and so radiate His beauty and Purity.
Music – God Forgave My Sin ( ‘Freely, freely, you have received )
God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name
And in Jesus’ name I come to you To share His Love as He told me to
He said: ‘Freely, freely, you have received Freely, freely give Go in