Ant and Grasshopper

  Ecclesiastes 10:13-14

13At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness—14and fools multiply words.

A popular Aesop fable about the Ant and the Grasshopper has been retold from generation to generation to educate about the great benefit of being wise and diligent in comparison to the danger and madness of foolishness of a happy-go-lucky lifestyle.

Accordingly, the ant steadily gathered food while the grasshopper was very busy making music, dancing and frolicking during the summer.

Autumn came, and food had been scarce; the starving grasshopper approached, knocked at door of the ant’s home and begged for a little food to eat. The surprised ant asked, “What? You’ve got no food! What did you do last summer?” With head bowed down in shame, the grasshopper said, “I found no time to store up any food. I was busy making music; and then, summer is gone!”

Biblically, in the parable of Jesus Christ about the wise and foolish virgins, the wise attended the wedding banquet of the bridegroom while the foolish did not. Christ is the bridegroom; he will bring believers into heaven; and, he warned in Matthew 25:13, 13 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Wise believers prepare while waiting for Christ’s return. How? We persevere in spite of difficulties; we practice our spiritual gifts; we make disciples and follow a godly lifestyle of righteousness that translates to eternity. We also pray for increase of faith to have firm confidence that the Lord had prepared a wonderful life for us in heaven.

Lord Jesus, enable us to persevere in godly lifestyle of righteousness.

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