The word “buzz” is associated with many things. It could refer to the feeling you have after too much coffee. The caffeine makes your brain buzz! The word might be referring to a frequently used word/phrase or a popular topic of conversation. It could also describe the talking of a group of people planning an event, especially when they are speaking in hushed tones to conceal their conversation.
Today, our buzz is about the original buzz – the bee. We are continuing to look at some interesting bee attributes and how they apply to our Christian life.
Bees like a clean hive. Bees know that the hive is their living space as well as their work space. Therefore, they will keep the hive free of debris and anything that doesn’t belong. They want to ensure that the hive is a place of great productivity without hindrances.
In the winter months, drone bees are driven out of the hive. Remember, these are the males whose only job is to mate with the queen. They don’t sting. They don’t work. They don’t protect. However, in the winter, something is more important than mating – it’s survival! Food is limited and must be rationed through the winter months. The queen, her larvae, and the worker bees need to survive. Therefore, the males are driven out.
Paul told young Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:4, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” Christians need to keep their lives clean and free of distractions and debris that would hinder the work of the Lord. Friendships that are spiritually toxic, dragging us down, need to be severed. We do all of this to increase our productivity for the Lord and to ensure the purity of our work.
Bees work together for a common good. All of the bees share common goals. Protect the queen and the hive. Produce the honey. Watch for intruders. And they work together in their specific roles to make this happen.
One bee working alone couldn’t accomplish what is necessary. Predators would invade the hive, the queens would die, the honey would be devoured, and the hive decimated. However, a small hive contains about 20,000 bees. Large hives can have over 100,000 bees. Just remember that the next time you get curious and want to invade their space. Where there is one bee, there will soon be hundreds!
Within the family of God, there is connection – at least, there’s supposed to be connection. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:26-27, “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. (27) Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
If a bee stings you, there is an instantaneous signal shot along the nerves that travels to the brain and back, registering pain. The body gets involved tending to the area that was affected. The feet take you to the medicine cabinet. The hands take the Benadryl cream and apply it to the stung area. Internally, the body responds molecularly to the toxin of the sting.
The body works together! But let’s consider this from another angle.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. (10) For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. (11) Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? (12) And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
The people of God are supposed to work together. I am thankful for our church because the spirit of cooperation and volunteerism exists in abundance. Just recently, someone asked our men’s breakfast guys to help move some furniture. Six guys showed up to move a small couch, two small recliners, and a table. It didn’t take five minutes to get the job accomplished. And that’s what it’s all about!
As the bees work together in cooperation, even so must the body of Christ work together. Many hands make light work.