A lesson from the ant

Let’s keep on keeping on. That is the diligence of the ant. In Prov. 6:6-8, Solomon compares the industry of the ant to the lazy person. He implies that we should imitate the diligence of the ant. Here are some characteristics of diligence that the ant manifests:

• The ant works without a ruler or leader telling them every step to take. We are Christians. Our work is for the Lord. We are all thrilled to be part of programs in the church. But what if we happen to be part of a congregation that does not plan for programs of work in which we can participate.? Do we work anyway? Thankfully we have a full program of work laid out for us in the Bible (evangelism, visit, go about doing good). Are we the ant or the sluggard when it comes to these?

• The ant takes advantage of the opportunity (summer) to do her work (provide food). The ant does the work necessary to provide food. They do not procrastinate until they need the food. They scout, find and use the resources available to them. You might say, “they hit the ground running.” You would notice that even if one or more of the ants drop out of the work, the others keep going. They do not bemoan that it is more work for them when all do not pull their share.

• The ant finishes the job so that the benefits can be realized. In every job, there is the start and there is the finish. Diligence demands a fervent start, but also demands a completion. Many are good starters, but in Christ, we want to be a finishers. “…we shall reap if we faint not (Gal. 6:9). “…I have finished my course. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown… (2 Tim. 4:7).

Brothers and sisters, like the ant, let’s keep on keeping on.

Mike Glenn