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Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo clean caterpillars harvested from the trees surrounding their village.

From: Insects – Footsteps 115

Why insects are important and how we can look after and benefit from them

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).

Team work

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.

Others first

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).

Communicate bravely

Discussion questions

  • Are the people around you living in harmony? If not, how can you help them to reconcile their differences (Matthew 5:9)?
  • What roles do you have in your family, church and community? Ask God if there is anything else that he would like you to be doing, or anything that he would like you to change.
  • Do you find it easy or difficult to put others first? How can you show kindness to someone today?

  Rev Francis Ananda Chipukunya

Rev Francis Ananda Chipukunya is the founder and project leader of Support for Change Initiative Ministries in Malawi.

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