Lessons from the Ant – Part 3

 

In Proverbs God sends us to the lowly ant to learn some important lessons.  So far we have seen that the ant teaches us motivation, advanced planning, initiative, and teamwork.  It continues to amaze me how God can take such a seemingly insignificant little creature and yet teach us so much!  We finish our series on the ant with two more lessons from this innovative insect…

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5.  Singular Focus

Ants focus on their goal:  to prepare and gather food for their Winter season.  They don’t get sidetracked.  Have you ever tried to put a blockade in the middle of an ant train?  What will they do?  They will figure out a way around it and pass the word down the line so that all who come behind will know how to get around it.  They stay focused on their goal.

How focused are you on meeting the goal set before you?  In using your God-given gifts to further the Kingdom of God?  Don’t look at others and certainly don’t compare yourself with others!  This is how we lose focus.  Keep your eyes on the goal.  Paul said it best in Philippians 3:13-14:  “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (NIV).

Find out what makes you lose your focus and, like Joseph with Potiphar’s wife, run from it!  Sometimes we think we can stay and fight it, but most of the time, we will lose that fight.  Is it a person?  A hobby?  A behavior?  Run away from it!  Stay singularly focused!

6.  Persistence

Finally, the ant is a persistent little bugger!  They just never give up!  No matter the terrain they need to cross, the obstacles in their path, they’ll just keep carrying their food back to the colony without ever giving up!  In Christ, we are promised that we can do all things because He strengthens us!  Our persistence should come from the knowledge that God, the Holy Spirit, lives within us.  We have a never-ending supply of divine strength, should we choose to use it!  And remember Philippians 4:13:  “I can do everything through Him who strengthens me!”  Be persistent in reaching the goal along with your team members, the Body of Christ.  Remember what Jesus said in John 9:4:  “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me.  Night is coming, when no one can work.”

The next time you are tempted to squash an unwelcomed, six-legged, picnic guest, take note.  Learn from the ant to be motivated, to plan ahead, take initiative, be a team player, stay focused, and persist towards the goal Christ has laid out for us.  Consider the ant!

~Terri

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