Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
Discipline and the desire to achieve goals are necessary for a full and successful life.
Being lazy is easy! The reality is that no one loves discipline and diligence naturally. Over the years, some come to love discipline and diligence not because they are delightful but because of what they produce.
Jesus Christ, our Master (Teacher), was an excellent illustrator and storyteller. On many occasions to make what he was trying to teach more understandable, he used stories, metaphors, illustrations and examples.
Here the proverbist uses an analogy to tell us about one of the most disciplined and diligent animals: the ant. The ant is a small insect that has no true leader. Every morning he wakes up on a mission: prepare for the summer. He strives and works hard day after day to achieve his goal.
Like the ant, our lives can be filled with diligence, discipline and goals or unlike the ant, they can be filled with laziness, continuous rest and defeat. God calls us to observe the ant and learn from it.
Although we all need rest time and although sleep is a good thing, rest and sleep should not dominate our lives. Diligent people have goals and seek to achieve them for the glory of God. That is why to be disciplined, I must first be motivated by achievable goals that drive me to have diligence in my life.
Do you have goals? Are those goals Christ-centered? Do you follow after discipline so that God is glorified in your life? If we want a full and successful life for his glory, we must seek to be disciplined believers with a desire to achieve goals in our daily walk.