Does My Ambition Glorify God?

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11, NIV)

Should Christians be ambitious? That question troubles many Christians who want to be devoted to Christ but who also feel a compelling drive to succeed in the workplace. We want to succeed in business, but we feel that we should not long for the things of this world.

So, the question becomes: Is God ambitious? Of course He is! Creating an entire universe is a bit ambitious, wouldn’t you say? His plan to become man and single-handedly save mankind from sin is ambitious, too. So God, by His very nature, is filled with ambition.

So, where does that leave us? We were created in God’s image. Our lives are supposed to reflect His nature. That means that we, as Christians, should be ambitious because our drive and determination shows the world the very nature of God.

This brings us to the kind of ambition that we should not demonstrate – selfish ambition. Paul writes, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery … selfish ambition, dissensions, factions” (Galatians 5:20; see also Philippians 1:17; 2:3). James states, “Where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:16).

The Bible never tells us not to be ambitious, but it does teach us that selfish ambition is not of God. We demonstrate God’s character when we avoid selfish ambition. We should demonstrate “selfless” ambition instead. The key is to always be aware of the state of our heart.

Are we ambitious because God has placed a desire in our heart to achieve a dream that glorifies Him? Then we should pursue it with all our hearts! But if we find that there are selfish motives in our ambition, we need to take the time to pray and ask God to show us His plans for our lives. It is our job to wait on God, hear His voice, and pursue His ambitious plan.

Enjoy your Tuesday, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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2 Comments on “Does My Ambition Glorify God?”

  1. Nici Roberson Says:

    This is great esp since the hubs and I have taken a huge career curve ball to do the lords work, makes u really think about ambition, I love how you first state Gods ambition 😉 thanks for sharing!


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