I have always been fascinated by salmons that as anadromous fishes come back from the sea to the rivers where they were born to spawn. They climb the river swimming in opposite direction to the flow of water surpassing all kinds of obstacles to fulfill their purpose of life.
They have an impressive sense of orientation, better than a GPS, which allows them to swim in the exact direction to arrive to their birth place. When they get there, the females deposit their eggs preparing their descendance according to the species’ characteristics. The salmon’s future depends on its capacity to return to its origin swimming against the current.
This incredible characteristic makes us think about the Christians who as children of God are citizens from the Kingdom of Heaven. A kingdom with principles and values that are different and frequently opposed to the ones from earthly ones. To live the principles and values from the Kingdom of Heaven means to go against the mundane flow facing all sorts of oppositions to simply fulfill the true existential purpose.
The bible teaches that we were created by God to love him above anything else and to love others as we love ourselves. For Christians God is the origin, the essence and the purpose of life! Our society however increasingly seeks to exclude God form its thinking and to over stimulate the competition amongst people.
Like salmons, our future as Christians depend on our capacity to face the worldly tendencies and to return to our origin in order to continue to transmit life. More than ever we need under the Holly Spirit to exercise our sense of orientation, to go back where we were “born again” and fulfill our purpose of life. Let’s prepare our descendants with the principles and values from the Kingdom of Heaven.
(Citizens of Heaven, John 17:15-17 – Divine GPS, John 14:26-27)