This morning I had another invasion. The lesson I am learning from my ant invasions is about their diligence. This time they came in through a crack in the top of the broom closet where it meets the ceiling.
Proverbs 6:6 says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise.” The opposite of sluggard is the character of diligence. Diligence means careful and persistent work or effort.
One diligent ant scout took the message to the ant house. “Good news! I found food in abundance. It will take you a long time to get there, but it will be worth it. Follow me!” The ants came all the way from the outside, from the ceiling in the laundry room, down the wall, across the threshold, all along the hallway molding, to their garbage can destination in my kitchen. They came in droves because of one seeker who found what it was looking for.
Are we as diligent in spreading the Gospel? John the Baptist prepared the way for others. John 1:40-41 says, “One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated, the Christ).”
Another great example is the woman at the well. She went and told the men of her city about Jesus. John 4:29 says, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” They left the city to see what she was talking about.
Let’s heed the lesson of the ant: be diligent to spread the good news.