Ambitious for God

Philippians 2:3 (NIV®)              

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

There’s nothing wrong with ambition; God created us with the desire and determination to succeed. But selfish ambition is different; it is destructive because it lacks humility and is all about “me”—my material possessions, my advancement, my recognition. Sometimes we couch it in far more acceptable language: “I’m not ambitious for myself; I’m just ambitious for my family. I want them to have every possible advantage.” How about cultivating ambition for the Kingdom of God? Teach your children to be ambitious for the things of God, to weep when God’s Kingdom is diminished and to celebrate when it’s extended. Teach them to be ambitious for Jesus, not embarrassed by Him. Teach them to humbly consider others before themselves. These attitudes will bring untold blessings to your life and the lives of your children.


Have there been times in your life when you harbored an attitude of selfish ambition? Have there been times when you have humbly considered others before yourself? What was the outcome of those attitudes? How was your relationship with God during those times?


Heavenly Father, You are my heart’s desire; this is the longing in my heart. I confess that some days I am far from You because I have wrong ambitions. Help me desire to see others prosper; teach me to weep with those who weep. Give me opportunities to work with Your people to extend Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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