Just like land spiders, it needs oxygen to breathe, so it occasionally surfaces to bring back a bubble of air that sticks to its hairy abdomen, and then it deposits the bubble into a little silk air tank spun for the purpose. The ‘diving bell’ bubble is actually a gill which sucks oxygen from the surrounding water, allowing the spider to remain underwater for up to 24 hours.
When it returns to the surface, it is perfectly dry,
unaffected by the water in which it lives.
Not a drop of water
will have penetrated its capsule.
These spiders live IN the water
but they live SEPARATED from the water
maintained by a supply of life from ABOVE the water.
Isn’t this a picture of the Christian life?
WE are living IN the world
but when we take our ‘air bubble’ of the life from ABOVE
we are not contaminated by the world in which we live.
In 2 Corinthians 6
Paul warns that believers and non-believers have no agreement
and likens it to the fact that darkness and light cannot exist together.
He calls us to
“Come out from among them and be SEPARATE and touch not the unclean”
James 4:4 makes it unmistakably clear:
“Friendship with the world is enmity with God”
1 John 2:15-16 says:
“Do not love the world or the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness
but rather expose them.”
Jesus Himself said: John 15:19
“You are NOT of this world, but I have chosen you OUT of this world”
Of our own selves, in our own strength, we are unable to resist the influence of the world. Everywhere we go we encounter the work of the devil in belittling the truth of the Gospel and undermining the standards of wholesome living. It even pervades our homes via the TV set and even the daily news.
BUT PRAISE GOD that in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit,
we HAVE the means of victory.
We live IN the world – we must, for our ministry is there.
We are called to show Jesus Christ to the world,
but when He is on the throne,
dictating our thoughts, motives, desires and actions,
we will NOT be contaminated by the world around us.
We need to ensure we take our “air bubble” of air from above
– the enabling and power of the Holy Spirit –
with us and allow HIM to work in us and through us.
Mr anon says:
# The devil is a master artist: he paints SIN in very attractive colours.
# If you don’t want to trade with devil, stay out of his shops!
# If you stand on the Word, you cannot stand with the world.
# Friendship with the world IS enmity with God.