Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
// Proverbs 6:6-8
It’s so amazing that God has revealed His wisdom in every part of His creation. In Proverbs, we see Solomon revealing wisdom through the observation of ants.
I believe that in order to truly be great workers with and for God, no matter what our vocation, we have to start from a place of humility. If we think we know it all, or are too proud to take the role of learner and servant in our careers, we will never maximize God’s calling and purpose for our lives in the workplace.
It’s kind of crazy that we’re being told to observe these little creatures. The reason God wants us to observe these ants is to wake us up from our laziness. Laziness is most prevalent when things are going well, or in a season where life is easy. So it’s interesting that the ant prepares in the summer.
In the summer, there are plenty of food options for the ant. The ant could eat all day, every day, and be very content. However, the ant has been wired by God with amazing wisdom. Instead of just chilling out and enjoying the spoils of the harvest season, the ant knows the summer isn’t going to last, so it gathers and prepares for the winter ahead.
What’s even better is that the ant needs no one to remind, prod or encourage him to get this work done. It is so important and vital to the ant’s survival, that he takes the initiative himself.
One way we can worship God in our work is to not take anything for granted and not be lazy with the gifts and skills He’s given us. It’s wise to maximize whatever season we’re in, so we’re ready for the next one, and we don’t have to regret our laziness. It is even more wise to not need anyone to help us take initiative.
There is no doubt that we need encouragement and help, but we also have the opportunity to mature out of laziness. No amount of words or encouragement can change that character trait in us unless we’re willing to take faithful steps towards being people of initiative in all areas of our lives.
// Josh Kelsey