By Tim Lynn
It’s very easy in today’s society to have an entitlement mentality. You can feel as if you deserve a better life, and want all of the blessings life has to offer without paying the price. This is seen in our culture with the way people shop, date, work, and even worship God. God desires that every person works hard. Hard work is not a curse. If you want the true blessings of God in every area of your life, then you must work hard in every area of your life. You are not entitled to anything. The only thing you deserve is the punishment for your sins (Romans 6:23). God wants us to work, and He will bless us if we do so. He has commanded us to observe one of His smallest, yet mightiest creatures. Hard work is exemplified through the life of an ant. Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”
Ants work without a boss. Proverbs 6:7- “Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler.”
Ant colonies do not have supervisors, rulers, or authority; but they still work very diligently. When I used to work in a factory, it was very rare to see someone work hard when the boss or supervisor was not around. The work quality and quantity suffered as a result of the workers being lazy. Man is naturally lazy, and does not like being told what to do. God is not pleased with this attitude. Not only will there be visual results and benefits to being a hard worker, even when the boss is not around, but God will be very pleased.
Ants work well with others.
If you were to watch an ant colony, you would not see any fighting or arguing going on. Every ant has a job and they accomplish it as a team. Ants are so tiny that one or two ants could not possibly provide for the whole colony. Each ant works together and accomplishes much. As humans, we could greatly benefit from this principle. Working as a team and not being selfish will help in sports, school, jobs, and so much more. Learn to work with others.
Ants take the initiative. Proverbs 6:8- “Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”
Ants do not wait to be told what to do. They just do it. They do not wait till the need is upon them. They forsee the need and take care of it ahead of time. Ants would not survive the winter if they would not put the time and effort in gathering their food ahead of time. How much initiative do you take? Do you have to be told to do something before you will do it? Coaches and bosses look for people with initiative. Show initiative at home, school, and the sport’s field, and there will be great benefits reaped because of your hard work.
Applying these principles will benefit your life greatly. Whether that means getting a raise at work or getting more playing time on the field, you will be blessed when you put hard work in. Any person, saved or unsaved, can benefit from studying the ant, but God expects and commands the Christian to be a hard worker. Study the ant and apply what you learn.