Christians may approach this word with a sense of awkwardness, thinking that it is selfish. Let me categorize self ambition as the sin, but ambition in itself is a good thing. In fact, it’s a godly thing! Jesus Himself had ambition…
His prayer for a fallen world – “Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven….”
His charge to the insecure disciples – “Go and make disciples of all nations….”
His declaration to a fisherman – “You are Peter, and on this Rock I will build my church.”
For me, the thin line between self ambition and godly ambition is magnified through these questions:
Who gets the credit? And who is served?
1.God should get the credit!
Acknowledging God’s grace that enabled you despite your weakness makes God famous. There is a peace that comes from knowing that it’s not about you.
Acknowledging your ability to accomplish leads to dissatisfaction. It activates an endless push for more pats on the back. This is exhausting and will lead to even more insecurity.
When the Source (God) is acknowledged, the channels (we) are secure that our purposes have been done.
2. People should be served.
Leadership means serving people more. Godly ambition aspires leadership for this purpose.
Self ambition aspires for the benefits of a higher pay, of more Facebook likes and friends, more connections… more “stuff” for you. Are you serving your purposes or are you aiming for more opportunities to serve people?
Christ’s ambition was to save us from sin and bring us closer to Him. Let us ask God for the ability to model after Him.
As we work hard, may our ultimate ambition be this…
To know Christ:
That I may know him and the power of his resurrection … (Philippians 3:10 ESV)
And to excel in everything we do to make Christ known:
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! (Psalm 105:1-2 ESV)