Guest writer: Pastor Mark Mavar
EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF!!!! Really?
Little did I know that the Lord would teach me so much from Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise”: Mainly from the leaf cutter ant. They work as a team gathering food for the nest. Each one has his job, EVERYONE is doing something. Some climb and cut, some gather and take back to the nest, some guard the entrance to the nest, some take care of the young, some tend the queen and on they go. But everyone is doing something. Just like the body of Christ is “supposed” to function. There are no free loaders in the colony of ants, nor should there be in the body of Christ. Ok, that was a challenge from about 2 years ago I know. But here is the newest thing that the Lord taught me by means of Proverbs 6:6. While out the other day I noticed something strange in the ant trail, ant trails are all over. I noticed an ant sort of in the shape of a ball. I did not pay much attention to it, I kept walking. Then I stopped to stretch some and looked down at the activity. I noticed that is was not just a trail of leaf cutters, but it was a convergence of another type of ant (smaller and orangish) that was attacking the leaf cutter. I saw the smaller ant grab the leg of the leaf cutter and the battle was on, they turned into a little ball. I thought, this should be good, so I pulled up a seat to watch. What I saw was chaos. While two ants were fighting, as the next one passed by, he avoided the battle completely. Sometimes another ant would bump the two in battle, and then immediately go off in the other direction, but one would never come to the aide of his fellow soldier. The more I looked the more I saw the “Every ant for himself” mindset. Wow, a group of ants that always worked as a team in everything they did, suddenly adopted the “Every man for himself” attitude.
I could not help but think back to the church. We are guilty of doing the same thing. We avoid the brothers and sisters that are struggling and who really need our help and completely ignore the idea of the “one body many members” Romans 12:4,5 says For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Then there is the biblical teaching of the “One anothers” Be kindly affectionate to one another (Rom ). Be of the same mind one toward another (Rom ). Love one another (Rom 13:8). Edify one another, be kind to one another, exhort one another, support one another, pray for one another, forgive one another and on and on they go. Yet when our brother is in the battle of his life we turn away and say “well…he deserves it” or “well… he is just reaping what he sowed” or “I am not equipped to help” and so go all our excuses. What is the end result? The brother or sister is taken down by the enemy and quite possibly is disabled for the rest of his life on this side of eternity. Sin does that you know.
Back to the ants, I decided to separate a pair from the battle field and have them duke it out away from everyone else. The leaf cutter eventually freed himself from his aggressor (The leaf cutters are not aggressive) but as he departed from the scene, I noticed he lost one of his legs in the battle and that was taking its toll on him. He may have been stung also, I am not sure. But the outcome of the battle was one dead ant and one that looked soon to die. It just seems that it would have been so much easier had one of his friends helped him out in the battle. You know…stayed by his side and fought with him instead of avoiding him.
So what do you do when your brother or sister is in the battle of their life? Do you turn away and avoid them and try to get out of there without getting involved in a battle yourself? Or do you come along side and exhort them, encourage them in the Word and bear some of the burden for them and do all that you can to help them? I tell you the church would be so different if we all worked as the one body that we are, looking out for the interest of other before our own.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Phil 2:3,4
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Gal 6:1,2
Think on these things my friends,
Pastor Marcos Mavar
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.