“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
–Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
Do fish require water to live? Yes! Was that a trick question? Sort of 🙂 Most fish do have to have water or they die. The tardigrade, though not technically a fish, sure finds water important to life! But strangely, it actually can survive without water. When the moss it lives on begins to dry out, the tardigrade shuts down its systems and metabolism and prepares for a long wait. Basically dead, it can wait decades for water to return. Once the water comes back, the tardigrade continues its life as before. It dies to live.
And so does the lungfish, the mountain stone weta, and the striped burrowing frog. They all do similar things. The opossum and the hognose snake also die to live. They play dead.
Anyway, I was learning about all this in school the other day, and it got me thinking. The Bible tells us to do the same thing. We should die to live. We should crucify ourselves so that we can have life later! Just like the tardigrade, if we didn’t ‘die’ but continued to swim around doing whatever we wanted, we wouldn’t last long… plus, we would miss one important thing: life! If we go about continuing to swim around in sin, we will miss the eternal life that God has called us to! I, for one, don’t want to continue trying to swim around in continually less water until I die. Rather, I want to be crucified now so that I might continue to live!
Will you join me in the daily decision to surrender all to God? It isn’t easy, and I know that I am far from there, but will you try with me?
Your sister in Christ,
P.S. I got my animal information here, if you want to learn more: https://answersingenesis.org/animal-behavior/dying-to-live-another-day/