By Jonathan Day
Hello everyone. My name is Jonathan, and I’m a senior at Oklahoma Academy.
When I was down in Costa Rica with the Andersons, we were at a vegan open air restaurant, waiting for our food, when I noticed some movement on a nearby tree. A long line of ants was marching up it, and marching down right beside it were more ants, but they were carrying leaves in their mouths. They were leaf cutter ants, and they were busy gathering leaves for food. They were marching up and down this tree, and it was evident that they were not going to be stopping anytime soon. Ants are hard workers, and God decided to use these tiny bugs to show the Israelites something big. Proverbs 6:6-8 says, 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. Ants don’t need someone telling them to get out of their nest, go outside, find some food, then drag it back to the nest. They do it instinctively and methodically. In doing so, they are able to gather enough food to last them through the winter. We should do the same thing when it comes to working for God.
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
People can take a lesson from ants. They work hard, refusing to stop until they are sure they have enough food to last them through winter.
God tells us that whatever we do, to do it with all our might, as we see in the first part of Ecclesiastes 9:10.
Whatever we do needs to be done well, even if no one is telling us what to do.
Each ant knows what it needs to do at all times. We should know what God wants us to do, and to do it perfectly.
The ant does not need someone to watch it and make sure it works. We should always be working, even when our boss is not watching. To not work while they aren’t watching could be considered stealing, because we would be taking up their time and their money.
When we go out to work for Christ, we need to do it energetically, with no slacking off. When we slack off while doing God’s work, we hinder the Coming of Christ. So let us follow the example of the ants and do our work diligently.