Today’s reflection is from 2 Peter 3:18
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (New King James Version)
Ambition is an eager and sometimes an earnest desire for elevation, honor, power, supremacy or simply the achievement of something.
Many of us are confused about what to do with personal ambition. We are conflicted because we’ve heard the cautionary tales of Christians gone astray with selfish ambition. Dreams and ambitions are gifts from God that we should steward in a responsible manner, and they are to be received not with suspicion but with thanksgiving to God.
As Christians God wants us to work hard, because we’re ultimately working for him, using the gifts that he gave. It would be wrong to let those skills and talents go to waste by just staying in bed all day every day… Rather than retreating from ambition, we should embrace it as God’s gift to us. We have to press on to what God wants us to do, that it shall inspire us to become more and more like Jesus. Every step gives us joyful soul-satisfaction
Pursuing ambition as a Christian must involve a trust in God. While we explore our ambition, we must do so in faithfulness.
Ambition is good, selfish ambition on the other hand, is not good at all. It drives us to achievements meant to gratify our own wants and desires regardless of the needs of others. Selfish ambition drives a man to abandon his calling, his family, and his God in order that he may satisfy his own lusts. Selfish ambition is often satisfied at the expense of others.
As a Christian ambition drives us to learn more about God so that we can serve Him better. Ambition drives us to practice our God-given talents and gifts that we might use them to their fullest extent.Our ambition as Christians should be to preach the gospel to the glory of God. But it doesn’t end there – we should be striving to live a life that backs up the gospel and glorifies God by doing so.
Our dreams and ambitions do matter, rather than dispelling any hint of ambition in our lives, receive it as a gift from God and nurture it with Godly motivation in place.