Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Plan Bee

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

27th June 2010

It's a dirty job, but “some bee's” got to do it.

Bees have jobs, just like we do.

You may be familiar with some of the tasks which are necessary in the daily life of a beehive, like building honeycomb, storing and foraging for food. But here's a line of work for our buzzing friends you may not have heard of: “undertaker bees.”

It seems, according to a study in the late 1990’s, that in each bee population there is a distinct subgroup, about 1% of the population of a typical hive, whose job is to remove dead bees from the hive.

Further, the undertaker job isn't a permanent assignment for the bee. Rather, the bees perform this task on a “rotation” basis, with each bee putting in a turn or two at “undertaker duty” at some point in its life.

Undertakers respond to the odour of the dead, locating the bodies and carrying them out of the hive for 50 to 100 meters before dropping them.

The wisdom of not allowing the dead bodies to remain in the hive is obvious. By removing them the diseases from which they might be dying are also removed from the other bees. Left to rot the dead bees could draw undesirable scavengers and fungus that could threaten the hive.

This phenomenon raises an interesting point about our daily Christian life.

Inevitably, our service to the Lord and to His church will require us to accept some undesirable, less than glamorous responsibility. In those moments, it is essential that we remember that, just as the beehive could not sustain life without the diligent work of the undertaker bees, so the church cannot accomplish Christ's will without the willingness of every member to fulfil the responsibilities he or she has been given.

As Paul writes,

‘Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don't need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don't need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other’ (1 Corinthians 12:14-25)

Even if you feel you've been given the worst possible job, will you commit to give your best possible effort?

Have a good week undertaking God’s bee plan.

Pastor Barry

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