The Bible says that when we study creation, God reveals truths and facts about himself that we might not otherwise know (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1–4).
This is certainly true of honey bees. These fascinating creatures can teach us a lot about how to build thriving communities.
Most honey bees spend the majority of their time feeding other bees, rather than themselves. This helps them to strengthen their relationships with each other and live in harmony.
Jesus said that people will know his followers by the love that we have for each other (John 13:34–35). If we are to be effective witnesses to the good news of Jesus it is important that we live in unity: one in spirit and mind (Philippians 2:2).
In a bee colony, every bee has a vital part to play. The queen lays the eggs, the drones fertilise the eggs and the workers collect nectar and make honey. Together, the bees manage their time and resources in a way that helps their whole community to stay safe and thrive.
The Lord has placed every bee in the hive for a reason: to fulfil its purpose. He places each of us in our families, churches and communities for the same reason (1 Corinthians 12). And whatever role we have, it is important.
When honey bee workers find a good source of nectar they return to the hive and dance! This dance tells the other bees where they found the nectar so they can go and get some too.
God wants us to put the needs of other people first. This includes sharing what we have (Acts 4:32–35) and showing kindness and love to those around us (Mark 12:31; Luke 10:25–37).