Only those who pursue substance―will influence their world! If you want to make a difference then pay attention to the ant. The ant is one of the smallest of God’s creatures, yet one of His greatest teachers.
What we learn from the insignificant ant:
A―Attitude of Initiative. Ants don’t need a supervisor telling them when to start working.
N―Nature of Integrity. Ants work faithfully and need no outside accountability to keep them on track.
T―Thirst for Industry. Ants work hard and will replace their anthill when it’s been damaged or destroyed.
S―Source of Insight. Ants store provisions for summer.
Solomon had much to say about the “sluggard” or habitually lazy person. He contrasted the sluggard with the ant in his writings in Proverbs. The ant, he said, works diligently during the summer to gather enough food for the winter (see Proverbs 20:4). Solomon described the sluggard as one who refuses to work hard and then has nothing in lean times. The sluggard is the person who has nothing to add to others or the world. They’re takers, not givers. The sluggard is only
passionate about pursuing pleasure. They despise hard work, and make excuses for why they won’t work.
In a spiritual sense the sluggard does not give or add value to others. They have “nothing” to give, because they’re always looking to “receive.” They don’t leave the world a better place and when they die no one mourns their death. When we become lazy and complacent about the things God holds dear, we become spiritual sluggards. We have nothing of value to give to others and we are worthless to the Kingdom as a result (see Matthew 5:13).
A person full of substance–is a person who is full of the wisdom of God. They understand that life and time is a gift from God not to be wasted. Jesus’ leadership was characterized by His priorities when He said:
“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).
Christians must make every effort to remain diligent to Christ’s work and to bring salvation and hope to the lost and dying. If we are without substance, we are like salt without saltiness―worthless and good for nothing!
For more on this see my book: THE SECRET POWER OF GODLY WISDOM TO COMPLETELY TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, by Lilliet Garrison.
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