What do you know about ants?
Proverbs 6:6-8. 6Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
Are you a sluggard? A what?
A sluggard is a person who is lazy. A sluggard is person who doesn’t like to start their work and doesn’t like to finish their work. The sluggard likes to take lots of breaks when their working. And worst of all, the sluggard won’t admit that they are a sluggard.
Solomon is worried that his kids might be sluggards, so he gives his children an example to look at – the ants. The ants don’t have to be constantly told what to do or to get back to work (they have no chief bossing them around). Part of growing up and being wise is that you can start your work without being told and you don’t need someone to remind you to keep working. The ants also keep on working without taking lots of breaks (they work in summer and in winter, all year long).
Would you say that you are a sluggard or an ant?
Like Solomon, Jesus wants us to work had too. “Do not be slothful,” Romans says. “Do not become weary in doing good,” says Galatians. In Colossians, the Apostle Paul talks about how hard he works at helping others. In Philippians and in 1 Timothy Paul talks about working hard to share the gospel of Jesus with others.
When we are connected to Jesus we know that how hard we work never determines how much he loves us. And knowing that God loves us no matter what can actually help us to want to work hard for Jesus, because in the end we know that he has already done all the work for us already.
Because of Jesus we work hard from God’s love not for God’s love.
With Jesus we can always work hard, especially attelling others about him.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Google harvester ants. Watch these hard workers from the middle east in process.
Jesus, I don’t want to be a sluggard. Help me to be like the ants instead.
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