We’ve had a bit of an ant problem in the Children’s area kitchen. I believe the problem is solved now with a Pinterest-inspired, non-toxic remedy. That said, Sunday morning was a bit of a downer. I try to have snacks for my volunteers, and had gotten a dozen fresh doughnuts for them. However, after setting the box down and walking away, ants infested the box. I came back and found the entire box swarming with them. I had to throw away the doughnuts – which you must know goes against every principle of mine.
I bring this up because I had a realization: these ants were acting a lot like sin. Hear me out on this one. We don’t often panic when there are a few little ants, nor do we panic when we notice one or two sins in our own lives. However, for every one or two sins, or ants, we ignore, there are many more waiting in the wings.
Often times we tend to ignore sin until it’s a huge problem. The ants didn’t seem to be too much of a problem until an entire box of perfectly good doughnuts was ruined. In the same way, sin can very quickly infect and ruin parts of our lives without us even realizing it.
Sin destroys and ruins. There is nothing productive about sin. Only brokenness, pain, and ruined relationships can follow. And as much as we’d like to say sin only affects the doer, that would be an incorrect statement. It affects everyone in our lives, our friends, families, spouses, and even our kids.
We are called by the New Testament writers to be vigilant, to keep an eye out, to always be aware of what’s going on around and inside of us. We have a great sentry in Jesus Christ, and we can ask him to guard our hearts and minds.
Where are the weak points in your life? Where can Jesus stand to keep your mind and heart safe?