I don’t know how many of you guys have ever heard the story of the ant and the grasshopper, but here’s how it goes-well at least my adaption of it. An ant was preparing for the winter floods in the summer by gathering food and preparing it’s home so that it wouldn’t get destroyed by the floods. The grasshopper was lazy and did not prepare and kept procrastinating and saying, “It’ll be ok when the floods come.” I think the ant might have even told him to prepare for the flood, but he just didn’t listen. He just had better things to do than to prepare for the floods. Then one day the floods came and it came and the grasshopper came knocking on the door of the ant’s home, but the ant only prepared enough for his family. The floods came and destroyed the grasshopper.
Proverbs 30:25 says this about ants:
25 Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
Proverbs 6:6 has this to say about ants:
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!
Then there is the parable of the foolish virgins and the wise virgins –
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.
I’ve been also looking at these few verses and just trying to comprehend the depth of these statements:
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ [Matthew 7:21-23]
I’ve taken apart as many ways as I can and still all I can come up with is? Do I really know the LORD? Or better yet does the LORD know me? We need to be sure of this.
When the Bible talks about ants and even in the story I gave in the beginning sheds light on certain seasons of testing that we have in our spiritual lives. Some people go through a season of testing based on how much they prepared in the previous season they will reap when that harvest cycle comes into completion. There are four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Whatever is gathered together in the Spring is harvested in the Fall and whatever is gathered together in the Summer is harvested in the Winter. Sometimes if we are not attacked physically, we can get attacked emotionally, or mentally, or financially, or even spiritually depending on how much time and effort we have sown into the kingdom during the harvest cycles. The Bible says that we are to grow from glory to glory so that means that we are supposed to increase in growth, maturity, and fruit from season to season. But when happens when God draws away from us, or it just seems to get harder to be in the Presence of God, or to gather anything from your daily Bible readings? What then? Are we just supposed to give up? Are we supposed to spend all that time buying and listening to cd’s from other preachers, when we cannot seem to have clarity of thought and seemed to be pulled apart in every direction?
Jesus talks about the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. In that Parable He says that both the foolish and the wise were sleeping, but the wise virgins had oil in their lamp, and they actually told the foolish virgins to buy from someone else lest, they would run out of oil. Oil is the anointing and the presence of the Holy Spirit. He is encouraging people to pursue their own relationship with God, and not draw from other people, because in the end the other people will let them down in the end, but the ones who had been prepared and had done their work before hand in keeping their oil in their lamps fresh would get to meet the bridegroom when He comes.
So then you look at Matthew 7:21-23 – and that really hits you right between the eyes, and in the middle of the heart. These people that had the “anointing”, they were doing things like prophesying, casting out demons, performing miracles, or they could have even been blogging, and preaching the gospel, but Jesus said that He will say, “I never knew you…depart from me you workers of iniquity (lawlessness)” I guess I am just a Christian that tries to love by seeing the best in other people, but that statement was like, “Whoa God, What can I do so that you don’t cast me out? What can I do so that you will accept me?”
That brings us to the will of the Father. What is the will of the Father? There is only two that I can think of:
John 6:40 – 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
And the other one- I don’t know where it says it, but the other one is to give thanks or to be appreciative or grateful of all that God has done.
Can these people who are going to be cast out of heaven be thankful, appreciative, see and believe in Him, and still be cast out of heaven? The Bible says that anointing is without repentance, so how come anointed people are being rejected by God? How is repentance achieved when we are supposed to be saved by grace, once and for all?
All these questions started entering my mind and in this season of testing, where the enemy knows you are weakest, he will try to attack you any way he can. So if he can’t attack you physically, he will go after your mind and heart. Which is why we need that time with the Holy Spirit, and to actually cultivate a relationship with Jesus. These are the times when we have to seek Him more. In essence so that we know without a doubt who He is. It is a time for us to know without a doubt who we are in Christ. It is a time to change from victim mentality to victor mentality. So if you know your season of testing is coming up it is wise to prepare and keep your oil lamp lit so that when that time comes you can be full equipped to engage in spiritual warfare, and at the same time draw closer to the LORD and to guard your hearts and mind.
Let us be like ants preparing bit by bit, line by line, precept by precept, preparing the way of the LORD, and leading people to repentance, without giving them a feeling of condemnation because that’s when they will know that they don’t have be grasshoppers in a grasshopper season, but they are like ants in a grasshopper season.