Ant Theology
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

 

“For He is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ever ask or imagine.” (Eph. 3:20)

 

                I once lived in the badlands of Wyoming.  Margaret and I carved out our little acre, we watered it, planted grass and 60 trees, and we filled in all the holes with beautiful flower beds.  Margaret’s gift of a green thumb was evident to all.  There was a problem in our little Eden however.  If you have ever been to the badlands of Wyoming, you know of the huge ant mounds.  In the badlands, if you leave them alone, they are harmless.  But they make a mess of a beautiful yard.

 

                Suppose for a moment that I found one of the mounds grow up overnight in a particularly beautiful spot – marring its beauty with piles of the gravel beneath from underneath. (This part happened often.)  Then suppose, me being full of grace and compassion, go out to reason with the ants.  I say to them, “Ants, you are soiling my beautiful green yard.  I want you to move on to the vacant land.”  Then, suppose the next morning I went out to see if they had been obedient.  But no, the mound was larger than the day before.  So again I speak with them, “Ants, you did not heed my request.  So now, I am no longer going to ask nicely, I am telling you that if you don’t move into the pasture, I will surely have to kill you.”  The next morning, the mound has grown a little more.  And because they didn’t heed my warning, I go into the garage, retrieve my ant bait, and pour it all around the bed.  The next morning they are gone.

 

                But why didn’t they heed my warning?  I am not an ant scholar, but my guess is, they did not hear a word I said.  And even if they had heard it, I seriously doubt they would have understood it, because I was not speaking ant, I was speaking English.  Now there are many lessons from this, but let me point to a couple.

 

                Jesus told Nicodemus, “Unless you are born again, you cannot see (understand) the Kingdom of God.”  Too often this passage is interpreted, “Unless you are born again, you cannot be saved,” which may be true, but this is not the point of the passage.  Jesus is telling the old Pharisee that you have asked a question you cannot know the answer to because you are not born again.  The things of God to those not born of the Spirit of God are no more understandable than English is to an ant.  The ants are ants and unless they are reborn into humans, they will not – cannot – understand the language (my black dog can, but sometimes he tries to look dumb).  Unless we are born of God’s Spirit we will not understand the Kingdom (nor really care about it).  Paul even went so far as to say, “The god of this age (the devil) has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor. 4:4)

 

                It is no wonder the ladies of the “View” (some, not all) don’t understand.  Their minds (not their eyes) have been blinded.  To talk to them about the gospel is like me talking to the ants.  Their minds have been blinded and only the world makes sense to them.  As Jesus said, “They cannot see. . .”  Their minds cannot comprehend.  That is precisely the message to Nicodemus.  And my fear is that the modern church refuses to see or help their congregations see.  They are content to teach them the wisdom of the world.

 

                The real tragedy of the story is that unless we see God as He truly is, we not only lose eternity, but we lose the purpose for which we were created on earth.  Unless we can see “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God,” we cannot see the God that is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego saw the God who is able.  And even though from the rationale of the world, they instinctively knew that if they were thrown in the furnace they would be instantly incinerated, they declared, “Our God is able to deliver us. . .”  And in faith they remained obedient even to the point of being thrown into the furnace.

 

                The second lesson, and I will be brief, is that because we cannot hear God in His heavenly language, He spoke in a language we could understand.  He spoke “in Son.” (Hebrews 1:2)  Jesus Christ is the language of God (the logos).  And if we don’t attempt to get to know Jesus, we will never understand God, for Jesus is God’s language to the world.  So unless we come to Christ, we will never see the kingdom of God, and we will never see God.

                 Isn’t it time Christians that you demand of your pastors, teachers, and church leaders exalt God as He truly is, so that all the lost in the pews can begin to “see the Kingdom of God.”  For when they do, they will truly find the God who is able to do immeasurably more than all they can ever ask or imagine.

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