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Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wiseProverbs 6:6

Dr. S P Simon, MGOCSM Coordinator, Trichy Zone

ORGANISATION OF PRESENTATIONANTS IN BIBLE

QUALITIES OF ANTS

CHRISTIAN WORK ETHICS

WEALTH/MONEY MANAGEMENT

ANTS IN BIBLE Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. Proverbs: 6:6-8 The ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer; Proverbs: 30:25 Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

Proverbs: 30:25

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Look at me !!!!!!

How smart I do things!!!

QUALITIES OF ANTS INTELLIGENT TEAM WORK (GOOD WORK ETHICS) SHARING AND HELPING NATURE GOOD COMMUNICATION AMONG THEM GOOD FOOD/WEALTH MANAGEMENT NEVER GIVE UP ATTRIBUTE (HOPE) GOAL ORIENTED CHOOSES ALWAYS THE BEST WAY LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE ANTS PREFERENCE FOR LIGHT AN ATTRIBUTE ON DISCIPLINE ALWAYS BRISK AND ENERGETIC(NO LAZINESS) MOST SUCESSFUL CREATURE ON EARTH

INTELLIGENT Shortest path between source and destination Building bigger homes to live in CLIPCLIP

Maximizing the energy Usage

BE INTELLIGENT AND WISE

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16) Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. (Luke 10:3) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

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TEAM WORK (GOOD WORK ETHICS) The whole is more than the sum of its parts (Aristotle) (Examples-synergies) Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand hima threefold cord is not quickly broken

TEAM WORK (GOOD WORK ETHICS)

Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

Genesis 2:18 Then the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.

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SHARING AND HELPING EACH OTHERLuke 12:33. "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys." Luke 3:11. And [John the Baptist] would answer and say to them, "Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise." Mt. 5:42. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

GOOD COMMUNICATION AMONG THEM (BASIC NATURE)It is known that real ants in nature are capable of discovering the shortest path from a food source to the nest It is also well known that real ants deposit pheromone on the ground while walking. At the same time, real ants follow pheromone that was deposited previously by other ants (Stigmergy-an indirect communication). Going from the nest towards a food source, real ants choose a particular path with a certain probability The probability that a certain path will be chosen significantly depends on the amount of pheromone that has been deposit on that path. The higher the amount of pheromone, the higher the probability that a path is chosen.

GOOD COMMUNICATION FOR GOOD RELATIONS"should be quick to listen and slow to speak." (James 1:19). Jesus, for example, said: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 11:15). "He who answers before listeningthat is his folly and his shame." (Proverbs 18:13).

GOOD FOOD/WEALTH MANAGEMENT (Importance of Planning) A mans heart deviseth his way: but, the Lord directeth his steps Proverbs 16-9 The results of a wise planGenesis 37-47 The story of Jacobss youngest son, Joseph

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NEVER GIVE UP ATTRIBUTE2 Chronicles 15:7 "But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." Luke 18:1-4 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary. "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' " 1Thes.5:17 "Pray without ceasing" Matt 7:7-9 "Ask and it will be given to you;" He said, "Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."

GOAL ORIENTED

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I Corinthians 9: 26-27

ANIMATION OF ANTS FINDING SHORTEST PATH

PHEROMONE TRAIL BUILD UP/EVAPORATION

CHOOSES ALWAYS THE BEST WAY

Mathew 6: 19-24 Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon

No Ruler

LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE

ANTS PREFERENCE FOR LIGHT

Lets make a spiritual application of the above observation to ourselves. Similar to the ant, we are to be spiritually productive in the Lords kingdom (John 15:1-8; cf. Matthew 5:16). We too are most productive, when we walk in the light of Gods word (Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 6:23; cf. Ephesians 5:8; 1 John 1:7) not residing in spiritual darkness (1 John 1:6; cf. 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11). Brethren, as followers of God, let us be productive in sharing the light of the gospel with others, so they wont have to remain in spiritual darkness (Matthew 5:13-16; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

ALWAYS BRISK AND ENERGETIC (NO LAZINESS)

Proverb 12:24, Proverb 18:9

MOST SUCESSFUL CREATURE ON EARTH

Failure of Darwin's Theory

Gods Creation

BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES ON WORK ETHICS

IMMEDIATE THOUGHT ABOUT WORK

What comes to your mind when you hear the word, WORK...? And what comes to your mind when you hear the word LEISURE?

DEFINITION

Websters definition of leisure fascinating. It says leisure is freedom from occupation, spare time

WHY WORK?People have different reasons for going to work: to earn a livelihood, a source of self-worth/identity, pride, passion, to earn a lot of money and so on

WHAT IS THE INITIAL PLAN OF GOD DURING CREATION?

God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Gen 2:15) God created man to work. That was Gods purpose.

GOD CALLING?

For a student, Gods calling primarily is to study. Do you perceive study as something God wants you to do? If it is so, does it not completely change your attitude towards study? Study becomes meaningful when you realize it as Gods purpose for you.

I. YOU WILL CONSIDER STUDY TO BE SACRED

Studying various academic disciplines is often perceived to be secular and is considered inferior to the sacred. I Cor. 12 Using Pauls analogy to exalt the spiritual work of a missionary over the secular work of a scientist is really to say that the tongue is more important than the pancreas.

I. YOU WILL CONSIDER STUDY TO BE SACRED

As far as the Christian is concerned, all work can be sacred (when they are done in obedience to Gods will) and all are secular (because they are worked out in the world). David Field It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it A. W. Tozer.

II. YOU WILL ALLOW GODS WORD TO DIRECT YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF GODS WORLD

Distortions in the body of knowledge, like the theory of evolution in biology or the sensual literatures in the study of language? Knowledge in its purest form is from God. There are also flaws in our subjects because of our fallen human condition.

(contd) This is where God Word comes to our aid. God's Word directs our understanding of His World.

WHAT BIBLE SAYS?

Scripture enables us to have the right perception of the world around us. It also helps us to interpret the teachings of our culture. There can be no field of knowledge that is untouched by the revealed Word.

The Bible stands as the central curriculum. So we need to balance these two areas of study (Gods Word and Gods World), as God is the author of both.

III. YOU WILL MANAGE YOUR TIME WISELY

God created certain patterns in time: Day and Night, Six days and the Seventh day. Day was meant for work and night for rest. Six days to work and the seventh to rest.

III. YOU WILL MANAGE YOUR TIME WISELY

We face problems when we break this God created pattern. For some, it is secular work for 6 days and sacred work on the 7th day. The sacred work on the 7th day sometimes is more rigorous than the 6 days work. Then, Monday mornings turn out to be dry, dull and gloomy.

III. YOU WILL MANAGE YOUR TIME WISELY

Try resting on Sunday. How refreshed and recharged you would feel when you wake up on Monday morning to resume your work! That is what God wanted it to be.

IV. YOU WILL STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE

I would like to quote some of the profound sayings of Martin Lut