Spirit-Filled Worker Series – Lesson 3
Lessons from the Ant - Part 3
Proverbs 6:6-8, Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
God, our Creator, taught many kinds of creatures to care for plants and even trees. For example, the South American Bull’s Horn Acacia Tree is protected by the ant. The ant doesn’t need the tree for its survival, however, they do feed from portions of the tree but never eat too mush from the tree to cause damage to the tree. The ants protect the tree by pruning off vines that come too close to the tree allowing plenty of growing room for the tree. These ants are aggressive enough to keep other harmful insects even birds away from the tree.
In one experiment, entomologists removed the ants from a few of the trees. Ranging from three to twelve months the trees died without the ant’s care and protection. Without the care and protection of the ant’s, animals ate all the leaves and surrounding plants overtook the trees. Without the presence of these ants the tree will not survive. Who taught these ants to care for the trees? You can’t get around this fascinating fact. Not evolution, but the Creator, who taught these ants to care for the tree.
The ant’s success is seen in their:
Ants help each other carry burdens; injured neighbors; rescue those buried (Galatians 6:2; Romans 15:1) Each ant has a job, but none are more important. We are all members of one body (I Corinthians 12:12-27). This thing isn’t about you or about me. It is all about Him!
Each ant works toward a common goal. Thousands of ants may dwell in one ant colony, but every one of them pulls their own weight! You are important to God's work. He will use you according to your ability. As you grow, your responsibility will grow (II Peter 3:18). God has especially gifted and equipped you for some type of work in the body of Christ.
Ant’s work continually. They never quit and they never go on strike! Ants are impossible to stop when food is found. They are motivated by hunger! Sprinkle a little sugar on the countertop and leave it there. When one finds it, it will return to the colony and bring hundreds with it! We are moving under the power of the Spirit (Romans 8:31). In our pursuit of doing God’s will, nothing should ever be able to stop us. No obstacle or critic can hinder us if we are in God's will. We who have tasted and found that the Lord is good need to go back into the colony of the world and tell the others about Him. After all, believers are merely one beggar telling other beggars where to find the Bread of life!
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the work You’ve given me to do. Remind me to work with all my heart as if I’m working directly for the Lord Jesus Christ. Help me to embrace the dignity of my work. I want to work hard, on everything, for Your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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