The red ants around our yard and pool this summer haveÂ been out of control! Each time I apply ant poison to a mound- itÂ dissipates, but a new one crops up nearby. Today I had a first handÂ view of the extensive spread of these insects.
We had one small ant hills by the swimming pool, and IÂ spread the poison. Â The next morning I woke up- ready to wash away theÂ residue dirt and Â discovered the ants had moved about six yards awayÂ and had increased to 6 hills.
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This entire picture reminded me of how the early churchÂ spread. Â At first, there was just one body of believers- those whoÂ comprised the early church, and they loved and worked for the LordÂ with a passion. Today there are many denominations – still all lovingÂ the Lord and serving Him with a glad heart .The Christian churchÂ spread, just as the ant mound had done.
It is true that the queen must be at the heart of the antÂ colony to ensure the life of it. Â Likewise, so must we keep the King -Â our Lord Jesus- Â with us as we move geographically. This is the onlyÂ way we are able to stay alive in our Christian walk. Satan is pouringÂ sin on Christians to try and stifle or kill their faith-but we canÂ move away from this, just as these ants had doneÂ today.
Just as the minuteÂ red ants pulled together to make theirÂ move, so the Body of Christ can pull together in tough times. There isÂ strength in unity, as those ants proved to me today! Â Christians needÂ to stand arm in arm- linked to form an unbreakable chain- workingÂ together to make the necessary faith moves in life. Â The mostÂ important factor, however, is keeping the King alive in eachÂ believersâ€™ heart . Â With His life alive in us- Christians can claimÂ the victory over Satan, because Jesus has proclaimed it so.
– – – Written By Marion Smith