10/1/2019 10:31:04 AM
Considering the Ants
It was a lovely summer day, nice enough to walk to the post office for the mail. Tending to look down when I am walking instead of looking all around me, I noticed something I have not seen since being a child and playing “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.” (Wasn’t that a gruesome game?) What I noticed were mounds of ant hills in the sidewalk cracks.
My mind got to wondering about those busy, busy little creatures—moving in a frenzied fashion as if they have not a moment to spare, even to the point of climbing up and over one another without missing a step. I often wonder what they are doing when they disappear down the hole and if, when an ant comes back out quickly, is that the same one, or a different one? Makes no matter, I suppose, unless one is focusing on who is doing most of the work, and if anything is being accomplished.
Is that how we function in our work and in our service to the Lord? Running here, running there, this meeting, that meeting, busy, busy, busy. Sometimes we feel like we are truly running ragged and not accomplishing anything—one decision just seems to create more work rather than lessen the burden.
God does not want us to “tire of doing what is right” (II Thessalonians 3:13). God tells us in His Word that when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. How privileged we are to be allowed to be so busy for the Kingdom!
Along with the privilege God offers encouragement in these words from Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Also, be encouraged by the words from Galatians 6:9,10, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Those busy little ants are determination driven. Seemingly nothing is going to interfere with what they must accomplish. Just as each ant is bent on a mission so we can focus on our mission in this way—"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23–25).
We pray with the word of verse two of Christian Worship hymn 577:
Knowing you and your salvation,
Grateful love dare never cease
To proclaim your tender mercies,
Gracious Lord, your heav’nly peace.
Let us sound the gospel tidings
To the earth’s remotest bound
That the sinner has been pardoned
And forgiveness has been found. Amen.