Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., better known as the great heavyweight boxer Muhammed Ali, coined a phrase at the age of 22. In an interview prior to the title fight against Sonny Liston, Ali said that he would “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”
It’s April and we’re doing more work outside. Have you been stung by a bee, yet?
As the flowers begin to brighten our world, honey bees will be out in search of pollen and nectar. Hives will be buzzing as worker bees create the sticky and delicious honey we enjoy.
In the next few days, we are going to focus our devotions around the bee and some interesting things I’ve found. Many of the bee characteristics can be applied to the Christian life. For instance…
Each bee has a role to play. The hive consists of a single queen, the female worker bees, and the male drones.
The queen gives birth and each day, she deposits close to 1,000 eggs. The drones have no stingers. They have one job and that is to mate with the queen. Once they mate, they die. The worker bees are all female, they are the ones who sting, and they will either be out collecting the pollen and nectar, guarding the hive as a scout, or working in the hive turning the nectar into honey, caring for the larvae, and doing many other jobs.
1 Corinthians 12:12, 14, 21-25 says, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ…For the body is not one member, but many… And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. (22) Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: (23) And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. (24) For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: (25) That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.”
When you look at the hive, which job is the most important? In God’s ecosystem, there are no unimportant jobs. And, in God’s church, there are no unimportant jobs.
Let this thought sink in for a moment. It doesn’t matter WHAT job you are doing so long as you are doing the job you were made to do. Some jobs may be long term. Others may be short term. But, we have to be doing the job God made us to do.
The bees are loyal to one ruler. Each hive has a single queen. The bees of that hive will stay by their queen’s side throughout her life or theirs. A second queen will not move into the hive – the other bees wouldn’t allow it even if another queen tried!
Exodus 20:3 says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” And, Jesus said in Mark 12:30, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” That is singular devotion and loyalty.
In the days to come, we are going to continuing looking through the bee hives, finding God’s lessons for our lives from this little industrious insect. For today, fulfill the role the Lord has given you to play and give Him your undivided loyalty.