The Bee and the Believer

The Bee and the Believer

Jesus often used agricultural analogies to illustrate spiritual truths. He spoke about perfect soil, masterful pruning, abiding branches, and remaining fruit.

Another agricultural analogy with spiritual application is the bee and the believer.

3 Things Believers Can Learn from Bees

Bees play an important role in the outcome of a harvest. Their diligence in carrying pollen from flower to flower results in abundant crops, and without bees, a harvest will suffer.

Like pollinating bees, God gives believers in Jesus Christ an essential role in another kind of harvest, the spiritual harvest of souls. Here are three fascinating facts about bees, and ways that believers can learn from their example.

Fact 1:

Bees leave the hive box at daybreak to work their fields. They return at evening to rest and renew their strength.

As believers, we have a job to do each day. Others count on our diligence and faithfulness.

And whatever you do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not to men,
knowing that from the Lord
you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
for you serve the Lord Christ.
(Colossians 3:23–24)

We replenish our strength by resting in the Lord and receiving from Him.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28–30)

Fact 2:

Without bees to spread pollen to flowers, there would be no fruit in this world.

[tweetable]The mission of every Christian is to pollinate the world by presenting the gospel[/tweetable] with passionate faith, steadfast hope, and uncompromising love.

So, affectionately longing for you,
we were well pleased to impart to you
not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives,
because you had become dear to us.
(1 Thessalonians 2:8)

Those who receive and believe the gospel message will experience the life- changing work of the Holy Spirit.

You did not choose Me, but I chose you
and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit,
and that your fruit should remain.
(John 15:16)

Fact 3:

Bees become disorientated if their environment changes.

When this happens, bees get lost, can’t find their way back to the hive, and they often die.

Work, home, and school offer satisfying accomplishment & compensation, but we must keep looking to Jesus in all these things & not only to ourselves.Believers can become distracted, disoriented, and lost too. [tweetable]When daily pressures and unrealistic expectations overwhelm us, our focus gets misdirected.[/tweetable] Work, home, and school offer satisfying accomplishment and compensation, but we must keep looking to Jesus in all these things and not only to ourselves.

Let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
(Hebrews 12:1)

Sometimes Christians stop going to church (the hive) for rest, strength, and fellowship. Although physically alive, they begin to die spiritually without sustenance from the body of Christ.

And let us consider one another
in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
as is the manner of some,
but encouraging one another,
and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
(Hebrews 10:24–25)

Personal Application

Learn from the worker bee’s example! As a believer, be diligent:

  • in the Word

    Present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

  • in Prayer

    Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37–38)

  • in the Workplace

    For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

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