Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy bones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make then work, they labour all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
I came across this passage a few days ago while doing my morning devotion and it immediately grabbed my attention. It was like I got slapped in the face by the words, they really resonated with me . So much so that I literally had to pause and reread it a few times just to soak it in.
If you know anything about ants, you know that they work almost year round storing up food and taking it back to their nest. According to different estimates, most ants can carry approximately 10-50 times their body weight. I know it’s hard to believe right, they are so tiny. It’s hard to think that they can lift anything at all, but I know you’ve probably seen it before. Ants carrying leaves, or a piece of bread crumb that’s way bigger than them.
You might wonder how they could possibly do that and the answer is simple, God created them that way. The size of their bodies makes their muscles have a greater cross section which just means that the muscles are thicker than other, bigger animals. God made them that way because he knew they would need to be able to feed themselves and build their homes.
I heard an little anecdote once that I think is so fitting for this post. Sometimes we ask God for things and we are so caught up with how we expect him to answer us that we completely miss the answer. We pray to God that we are hungry and in desperate need of some food and sometime later a neighbour comes by and brings us some flour; then later someone else brings us some oil and a box of salt. And we thank them kindly and go back into our house praying to God for something to eat. Never realizing that God has just provided all the ingredients we need to make some bread to satisfy the hunger.
Sometimes all we need to do to get the results we want is to look around and realize that we have all the raw materials, we just have to work out how to put them together.
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This sometimes is the hard part though, because we are “waiting on God to supply”. And in this waiting period, we sleep, we let ourselves to slumber. Sometimes literally and other times figuratively.
If you know me, you know I love to sleep, Like LOOOOVVVEEEE!!! It’s one of my favourite hobbies, BUT! I had to come to a place where I recognized that in order to be the “head and not the tail” and a “lendr and not a borrower” I have to put in the work. I used to look at people that I know aren’t christians and witness all their successes and see their “big moves” and feel jealous, wondering to myself why I couldn’t be like them even though I had dedicated my life to Christ. I figured it should be my birthright (Rebirth in Christ) to have that kind of success. But then the verse above got to me. I was ultimately folding my hands waiting for success to fall into my lap, but the Bible clearly says that this posture would make it all the more easy for poverty to pounce on me.
That word “pounce” isn’t passive, it’s a very aggressive attack. The Bible says that by the sweat of a man’s brow, shall he eat bread (Genesis 3:19). But I was waiting on the bread to come to me without putting in any work. And we wonder sometimes why Christians are always broke, or always lacking. I think it’s because we are too complacent, too caught up in the belief that God will supply we trick ourselves into thinking that means that we don’t have to do anything but sit around and say “I trust you Jesus”.
Our dreams and goals require actual real work. Nights where sleep take a back seat, and early morning wake up calls to get things done. The popular saying is ‘teamwork makes the dream work” and although that’s true, “hard work” is also also needed for the dream to work.
So whatever you’re going to do, work hard at it. Don’t sit passively by waiting for life to hand you the lemonade! Pick up the lemons God has provided and make your own lemonade. Learn to put your hand to work so that when the accomplishments come you can know that you stewarded well the resources of the Lord.
Learn to manage your time well and to resolve within your heart that you will work at everything within your purpose as if you were working unto the Lord. The world needs more successful christians; more business owners who are also kingdom builders; more people whose success stories will bring glory unto the Lord.
What are you sleeping on today? Are you sleeping on the job? Are you sleeping on that talent the Lord has placed within you to bless millions? Are you sleeping on that business idea that’s suppose to be an avenue of employment for your community? Are you sleeping on that product idea that is suppose to change the world? Are you sleeping on your dreams, goals, visions, purpose?
Well it’s time to wake up and put your “money where your mouth is”! Put pedal to the metal and get to work. It’s now or possibly never. You make the decision.
That’s it for now Chroniclers. Continue to Live Positive!!