In the Bible, God talks about being “in” Jesus the way a branch is “in” its vine. Since most of us don’t keep vineyards, maybe we could think about something more familiar.
What would it be like to live “in” Jesus like a fish lives “in” water? The fish knows no other environment. It can survive in no other environment. Water is its home and its life. Living “in” Jesus like a fish would be to find yourself unable to survive any other way.
But, you ask, what about the land? God made it as well.
Perhaps, then, we should live “in” Jesus as a beaver lives “in” the world. He climbs across the earth to chop down the wood for his home, but builds the house so that every time he enters, he must swim below the water’s surface — a reminder of baptism. To live in Jesus like the beaver, we would enjoy the skills and enterprise God has put in us, but always remember they are gifts from God, not anything we’ve created or earned.
Air, you ask: what about God’s good air and sky?
Maybe then, we must live “in” Jesus as a duck lives in God’s world: waddling, flying, swimming, and diving as the moment’s needs might require, but always dependent on the One who created all. To live in Jesus like the duck is to be ready for every condition and open to every condition: like the apostle Paul, able to be content in every circumstance and prepared for every circumstance.
The fish, the beaver, and the duck show three different ways to live “in” Christ. How do you live “in” Christ?