Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 14th February 2016
Quarter Theme: The Book of Proverbs: Gems of Wisdom
Topic: Wisdom: Learning from the Ants
Texts: Prov. 6: 6-11; 12:11, 24, 27; 22: 29
Memory Verse: Proverb 22:29 “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” (NIV)
Solomon in his wisdom wrote in Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise”. To learn from the ant, we need to understand certain facts about them. Ants are social insects, which means they live in large colonies or groups. Some colonies consist of millions of ants. Ants are hard workers. There are three types of ants in each species: the queen, sterile female workers, and males. Every ant has a job. Worker ants may have one job or several jobs. They may keep the same job all their lives or change jobs from time to time. Other important highlights about the ants include:
-Some workers gather food for the colony. When an ant finds food, it lays down a scent trail for others to follow to the food.
-Some ants store the food they harvest in special chambers in the nest.
-Other workers feed and care for the queen and her developing young.
-Still others build the chambers and tunnels. They use their saliva to make the dirt walls hard.
-Some worker ants are soldiers. They defend the colony and fight off their enemies (other ants or other kinds of insects).
It can be seen that each ant understand their role and carry out the responsibility skilfully. They are not mediocre in what they do. Do you make effort to become good at what you do? It will distinguish you (Prov. 22:29). We are studying about ants today because of their expertise, not their limitation. Infact, they have lots of limitations, one of which is their size. They can seem like one of the most insignificance insects on the planet because of their size. This would have hindered them, but they use it to their advantage by thinking big. The colonies they build and the contribution to their society is extremely significant and great.
It is important to note in Proverb 6:7 that “it has no commander, no overseer or ruler, the ant stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest”. It can be seen that ants, known for being industrious, are commended by God for their initiative. They have no leader—no commander to direct them, no overseer to inspect their work, no ruler to prod them on. People- employee, students who act only when commanded to do not possess wisdom. Do what you are expected to do whether you are being watched or not.
Ants are also driven by purpose. They have a clear long term objective or goal which shapes everything they do. For example, one ant’s sole job description is to find food for the colony. This is his purpose, and all that he inputs this time and energy into, and so it compounds his chances of success. He is not easily distracted.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
Proverbs 6:6, admonished the sluggard to go to the ant. What would you consider are the characteristics of the “sluggard” Prov 6:10; Prov 12:27; Prov 26:15; Prov 21: 25-26. How can we avoid being a sluggard?
Discuss the lessons ants teach us about preparedness, team work and serving one another within the context of our Christian life and work/school life?
What can we learn from the ant about leadership and entrepreneurship?