The Ant – a tireless worker for the benefit of the fellowship

 

“There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer." Proverbs 30: 24-25.

 

 

Ants in the Bible - A tireless worker

An ants' nest on a summer's day is a picture of continuous activity, with ants hurrying to and fro, all working together for the good of the nest, carrying pieces of leaf, seeds or dead insects back to the nest for food or building material. Inside the nest worker ants watch over the eggs that the queen lays. They are like nurses, taking care of the larvae when they hatch, feeding them and moving them around so that they don't get too hot or too cold. Then there are workers on military duty, guarding the nest and fighting intruders.

Don’t be lazy - we have only this life

There are opportunities for good works everywhere. Ants are never idle or bored, which is why God says: "Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest." Proverbs 6: 6-8. Laziness is a horrible sin; through it people's precious lives are wasted. We have only this life in which to lay up treasure in heaven. Childhood and youth time are like the spring and summer of life. This is valuable time to get to know God's laws and commandments, and be obedient to them at every possible opportunity.

Serve willingly

Paul wrote, "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2: 12. The ant does not need any overseer to keep it working. Its only desire is to work and serve the others, whatever is the need in the nest. It is a shame when young people have to be told to do needful tasks, or are so lazy and unwilling that they have to be persuaded to do even simple jobs. There are many needs at home where we can serve, help, tidy up or prepare a surprise for someone?

Let us be awake to the opportunities to overcome laziness, complaining, self-will, seeking our own pleasure, the lust to be served, and so on. Instead we can lay hold of eternal treasures of helpfulness, kindness, willingness, and eagerness.

 

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