IS AMBITION SINFUL?

“… You are not your own. You were bought with a price. …” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV)

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Christians often see salvation as a business transaction with God. They accept His Son as their Savior, then He’s supposed to do things for them – bring promotions, raises, and success.

Salvation isn’t a “transaction” at all. It’s a gift. Once we receive it, there is nothing we can do to make us more or less worthy of it. Our opportunity to be in fellowship with God is solely based on the righteousness of Christ. God owes us nothing. He simply offers us a place throughout eternity with Him – not just after we die, but starting the day we accept Him as our Savior.

As I said, God owes us nothing, but that’s not true for us. We owe Him everything, and it’s a debt we start paying the moment we accept Christ as our Savior. When we are saved, we surrender to the Kingdom of God. We surrender our jobs, careers, wants, and desires. We are no longer able to pursue selfish goals or possessions; now we must pursue the things that bring glory to God and accomplish His will.

How will a promotion help me serve others or glorify God? How will changing jobs affect my relationship with Him? How will I use the extra money I receive if I get that raise?

Being ambitious for the Kingdom teaches us how God has gifted us and how He wants to use us. God isn’t satisfied with a half-hearted, laid back effort. Avoiding selfish ambition doesn’t mean we are to be lazy. It doesn’t mean doing things without energy. It doesn’t mean not doing our very best. Paul stresses that whatever we are doing, we should be doing it “as if we are doing it for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23-24). That is our righteous ambition.

We are to glorify God and enjoy Him. We feel His pleasure most when we strive for excellence – but for His pleasure and glory, not ours. For His service and the service of others, not for our own gratification.

Is ambition sinful? According to the way the world defines it, yes. But when we apply enthusiasm to our efforts and offer them to Him as a testimony of our love and devotion to Him, then ambition becomes eminently praiseworthy!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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7 Comments on “IS AMBITION SINFUL?”


  1. […] IS AMBITION SINFUL?. […]

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  2. Five cupper for sure!!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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  3. garden2day Says:

    I hope all is well. Great post… Attitude and wanting to give all for the glory of God…well, that’s my opinion. Take care of yourself and be blessed! 😀

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  4. Amen! One of my favorite verses and one I had hung on the wall in my cubicle. It was my source of accountability. When I wanted to slack off I saw that verse and gave it all I had! To God be the Glory!

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