When it comes to having a work ethic, there are some lessons we can learn from the Ant. These tiny giants of industry teach us valuable principles for living. Observe three things about them.
Read Proverbs 6:6-8
Go to the ant, you sluggard; observe its ways and be wise! It has no commander, overseer, or ruler, yet it prepares its food in the summer; it gathers at the harvest what it will eat.
Nobody has to get the Ant out of bed in the morning or coax it to get moving. Nobody supervises its work or enforces quality standards on it. Nobody needs to micromanage its time on the job or make sure it starts punctually, puts in a full day, pulls its weight and doesn’t quit early. It’s self-motivated and driven by its own high standards, not by rules, regulations or the fear of being fired.
The hardworking Ant just keeps preparing for the future while everybody else is complaining about the heat (the economy, politics, persecution, etc.) Later, in the more moderate temperatures of harvest time, it continues gathering. Disregarding the conditions, it works. Then while others are struggling to survive it feasts on the fruit of its labor. “Watch and learn,” is God’s counsel.
The Ant is no haphazard, disorganized drifter wandering around aimlessly, looking for something to do. It knows exactly what it’s there for and where and how to do it. It’s goal-directed, focused, determined and unstoppable. Consider and be wise.
“But my career is a dead end. My ministry is not growing” you say. As long as you’re doing your present job or ministry do it “heartily, as to the Lord” (Colossians 3:23). Prove yourself where you are now and God will promote you.