Book: Proverbs 30
“There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise: Ants are one of them – they aren’t strong, but they store up food all summer.”
I was out for a walk with my wife when we came across two small ants dragging this big dead bumble bee back to their nests. Ants may not be strong in comparison to other bigger animals but for their size, we were amazed to see these two ants bringing home something that was several times the size of both of them together. I wonder how many ants that bumble bee will feed?
For the ants it is important for them to work hard to store up food all summer for the coming winter so that the colony can survive and thrive. Considering the fact that ant’s life cycle is up to six months, many of those gathering and storing food will not get to enjoy it. Their work will be enjoyed by the next generation. It is because of this selfless act that they are called “unusually wise.”
What would be the result if the ants changed their ways and decided that it is warm outside, there is plenty of food to enjoy and lots of ant friends to hang out with therefore gathering and storing food for the winter is not a priority? Their colony would not survive the winter.
Being “unusually wise” as a Kingdom builder is not being just present focused but future focused as well. Have you ever thought about how what you are doing now may strengthen or weaken generations to come? Mentoring & discipling younger people, teaching Sunday School, serving in a Christian camp, financially supporting Kingdom ministries, praying for those around you, helping a young person start a business with Kingdom values are all future focused.
Take time to tell the Lord you want to be “unusually wise” and serve Him with a future focus. Ask Him to show you how He wants you to go about it. Remember, winter is coming!