It’s a bug’s life - 22 October 2018

Xanthe Hancox

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.  Proverbs 6:6-8

The work ethic and wisdom of ants is no secret. There’s ancient Chinese saying that dates from around the fifth century BC observes that “an ant on the move does more than a dozing ox”. Solomon uses the habits of the industrious little insect to encourage us to work wisely.

God himself is a worker. He created the universe, and through his Son is working to make all things new.

We were created to be people who can contribute something by playing a role in community. Laziness or lack of involvement without reason just do not fit with what God has in mind. We reflect God’s image as we use our hands and minds to answer God’s calling and do whatever our health and strength allow.

The ant is also praised for doing its work faithfully, though “it has no commander, no overseer or ruler.” One of the blessings of the new covenant is that the law of God is now written in our minds and on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33). God’s Spirit creates in us the desire to contribute to his church and kingdom using the gifts he has given us. Let us willingly and joyfully join the work to which we have been called, whether it’s paid or unpaid work, in our families, communities, offices, school, church, or wherever God has placed us.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your marvellous creation. Help us to consider the ant and to work joyfully when there’s work to be done, and to rest when we need it. Amen.

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