In an old Aesop’s fable, we meet a grasshopper and a group of ants.
Winter is coming, but the grasshopper doesn’t seem worried and plays his music. The ants are hard at work gathering food to prepare for the coming winter. The grasshopper teases the ants for working hard; he even makes himself look like he is having a grand time while he plays his music, but the ants continue to be diligent and keep working.
The grasshopper looks around and sees there is plenty of food and time, so he keeps enjoying himself.
Not too long after that, the winds change and winter blows in. The grasshopper is cold and hungry. Realizing how foolish he has been, he goes to the ants. He knows they have worked to be prepared for this very thing and he begs for food. The ants are kind and provide for the grasshopper, despite the way he had treated them.
In Genesis chapter 41, Joseph is promoted from the prison to the palace. Because of his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream and his plan to prevent the starvation of Egypt, he is now second in command.
And so, it began. He works hard for seven years, gathers up food and stores it for the seven years of famine that would come after.
When the seven years end, the famine begins and is spread world-wide. People come from all over to Egypt when their own food ran out.
Why? Because they know Pharaoh has food.
They know Joseph has worked hard to prepare.
They know where to go like the grasshopper to the ants.
As Christians, we too are preparing.
First, we are preparing for the moment that God opens the door for us to share the gospel. We study the Word; we go to church to learn more and to worship and memorize scripture.
We grow in our faith and knowledge so we will be ready.
“In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
They will come because they know you have something they need.
But we also prepare because God doesn’t call us to sit and wait. He commands us to go (Matthew 28:19)
When do we go? The time is now.
We must be sharing His Word with the people who are in need.
Salvation is too great a gift for me to keep it all to myself. God’s grace is abundant, and it needs to be shared.
My friends, we are also preparing for a day when people will truly be seeking answers. The Lord is coming soon. He has made that clear in His Word. And when He calls us away, or raptures his church, the lost will be left searching for answers.
Are you prepared for that day? Or will you be like the grasshopper thinking there is plenty of time?
This world lures us in with its entertainment and things that “seem” fun and enjoyable, but it only leads to famine.