Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” –Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
Yesterday I was intrigued as I watched a group of ants march across my patio. Collectively they seemed to be very mission minded. Unbeknownst to me, they were in pursuit of a June bug. By the end of the day, I noticed that they had hunkered under the bug and was carrying it off of the patio. I had to wonder why they were carrying it off. If they could feast right there, why would they exert the energy to take a half day journey to carry it away?
The only thing I could think of is that they must have some hungry relatives back home that either were not capable or not willing to make the journey. They felt obliged to take some a “to go sack”. As we attend church service and meet with God on a daily basis, we should consider the example of the ants. There is a world out there that is hungry for the Word. We should always be prepared with a “to go sack” in order to have some extra to share with those we encounter throughout our day. Who knows? That may be the only spiritual food they receive during that day.
When I think of the struggle they endured to carry the food across the patio to reach their final destination, I sense a conviction in my heart. I receive the Word on a daily basis and am well aware that it is the only food that can satisfy the cravings of the world. Although I tend to withhold it some days because I just don’t feel like taking the time to share it. Unlike the weight of the ant’s load, the Word is weightless and takes little to no effort to carry around, yet it does not get shared near enough. In my heart of hearts I know there is simply no excuse.
Lord, help me to consider the ants and follow their example of packing enough of the Word in my “to go sack” that will satisfy the cravings of everyone I come in contact with….regardless of how I might feel that day.