The Ants Go Marching

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Ants

The ants go marching. With the first real warmth of an ever-nearing spring, ants have entered my kitchen domain. After observing their behavior, I have reached the conclusion that ants are not very smart.

Ants don’t heed warning signs. I placed poisonous bait because the ants’ behavior is so predictable. Once the foraging ants are hooked by the bait, they return with even more ants. Although dead ants litter the counter, the live ants ignore the warning for their future and return to what is sweet and attractive in the present. Before too long, the entire colony will follow the same path of destruction.

We are so much smarter than ants. We can recognize what will harm us. We would never lead others astray. We wouldn’t follow the crowd into danger. We think and act beyond present self-gratification. Right? Regardless of our answer, the bottom line is that all of us need God’s help. Satan is an enemy that will use anything to entice and ensnare us in sin.

Through God’s Holy Spirit, God equips us to be on guard and to follow in our Lord Jesus’ footsteps of obedience. We never march alone for Jesus knows our suffering and temptations in life. Even more comforting than being able to sympathize with us, Jesus has secured our victory over Satan and evil. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross settled the matter once and for all by upholding eternal life in Himself and eternal defeat in Satan.

May we joyfully live out the victory that is already ours!

Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

Colossians 2:15

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

 

 

Dull Is Never A Good Thing!

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I can’t remember where or when I bought my kitchen knife set. It has been that long ago. Over the years, I have thought about nicer and newer knife sets. However, the set I owned was good enough for my use, or so I thought.

There were hints that it was time to upgrade. Certain knives could only be used for tasks that didn’t require a pristine knife. When we visited our kids, I was impressed at how well their knives sliced, diced, and pared. I still didn’t see it as a problem because I had plenty of knives to choose from. My knives got the job done and that’s really all that mattered to me.

Fast-forward to Christmas 2015 when I opened my gift under the tree. It was a brand new and very sharp knife set from my older son and his wife. I asked my daughter-in-law how they came up with the idea of a knife set. (Yes, I really did ask despite the obvious!) She replied in a very gracious manner that my knives were dull and difficult to work with. I was so used to my dull knives that I had forgotten what it was like to work with sharp knives.

If we aren’t careful, the same thing can happen in our faith lives. We can become spiritually dull over time without recognizing what gradually happened. What are we doing to sharpen our faith? Are we participating in the body of believers? As we serve alongside each other, we are sharpened by rubbing elbows with more mature Christians. Be jealous for their gifts and learn from their example.

Spend time in God’s Word. The Word equips us with a sharper sense of God’s vision and purpose for our lives. Be transparent with other Christians revealing our rough edges. As we share our hearts and pray for one another, we sharpen each other for the tasks God has given us.

We are the tool that God uses to accomplish His work here on earth. May we be ready, sharp, and willing in the hands of our Father God.

 

Proverbs 17:17

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. 

 

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.