More than 12000 types of ants are seen all over the world. Though its a tiny insect several outstanding qualities. They can teach us so many important lessons about life. An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. This article will elucidate a few important lessons from ants. Proverbs 6: 6 – 8 “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.”

PREPARATION

Ant diligently gathers food in the summer, so that they won’t starve during the winter. Are we wise as ants? Are we pre- pared for our spiritual future? As Mathew 6:19-21 says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and vermin destroy where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” We can store up treasure in heaven by doing the following

• Develop a deep love for the Word of God
• Have a great desire to follow Jesus
• Maintain an intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
• Seek to live a life that is holy and blameless, without spot or wrinkle.
• Pursue after the high calling of God. • Be rich in good works.

TEAMWORK

Ant has no commander, no overseer or ruler but still, they find a way to get things done because they work as a team. Ants cooperate with each other. They understand the value of cooperation and teamwork. God expects us to work with other members of the spiritual family, to be selfless and cooperative. Paul uses the metaphor of the human body to illustrate this significant truth in the letters to Corinthians. A body has several organs with different functions, yet they all work in complete harmony. God has blessed us all differently. Some have the ability to preach, others are good at giving, yet others are talented singers and some are gifted prayer warriors

Some have stronger faith than others. We all have different abilities but our chief goal is God and His kingdom. We compensate for our brothers or sisters in the areas where they struggle. We must use the gifts which God gave us to benefit each other and we must always remember to love. Love creates unity. As Helen Keller says ‘ Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much: Psalm 33:1 says, “It is good and pleasant when God’s people live together in peace.”

PERSISTENCE

Ants are very persistent, they don’t give up. They are committed to getting the job done even if they have to do it repeatedly. Paul states in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap; if we do not give up.” What is persistence in Christian life? “To persist means to keep moving ahead in spite of failure, difficulty, struggle or opposition. To persist means to never stop. The Bible always connects prayer with persistence. Example. Jesus Himself persisted in prayer for long hours, even whole night at times. Many of us fail to obtain answers to our prayers because we fail to persist. Persistence
brings answers to our prayers; therefore the Bible teaches us to never stop praying.

To conclude, what we can learn from Ant?


– Be prepared for the future

– Don’t lose focus of your goals
– Dream big
– Work together to achieve greater goals – Help others
– Learn to motivate yourself

There are times when God is just sharpening the axe, in order to use it at a specific time later. So don’t allow sin to waste your time. Replace sinful practices with good action which is pleasing to our God. Be wise like an ant. Be prepared for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Motivate yourself and rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgement. Some have stronger faith than others. We all have different abilities but our chief goal is God and His kingdom.

Author: Leni Jaison