Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ambition

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, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

What is your ambition?

Is it to be noticed?
Is it to be successful?
Is it to become rich or famous?

Or, is your ambition centered around a more selfless endeavor?
Perhaps to lead a quiet life in the wake of the Savior?
Perhaps to love others in the little details of every single day?
Perhaps to live mindfully, healthy, and holy in both word and deed?
Perhaps to do all things in the Name of Jesus Christ with intent to honor the King of kings always?

ambition: to seek after earnestly; to aspire to

What do you seek after earnestly?
What do you aspire to?
Is it Jesus...
Is it always Jesus?

Or is your ambition wrapped up in gaining, acquiring, earning, and obtaining something other than glory for God Almighty?
Perhaps something for yourself?
Something that will make you feel more comfortable?
Something that will give you special distinction for some type of achievement?
Something that will bring you power, honor, fame, or wealth?

What is your ambition?

God's Word tells us, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. " (Philippians 2:3; James 3:16; Galatians 5:24-26)

As we begin this new day...
As Satan roams about waiting to devour us into sin...
I encourage you to pause, Believer, and consider:

What is your ambition?
What do you seek after earnestly?
What do you aspire to?

Is it Jesus?
Is it a life in step with His Holy Spirit?
Is it devotion and love for His Father... our Almighty, Sovereign, Omnipotent Father?

Today is a new day.
A day to rejoice in the Lord.
A day that He has made for us to live as His ambassadors.

So, let us cling to His perfect commandments of order and sacrifice.
Let us care for one another as He has called each of us to do.
Let us remember that worldly reactions based in human fear are never His Way.
Let us remember that selfish agendas can only lead us into evil practices.
Let us remember that the lusts of this corrupt world are inferior to His love, His holiness, His hope, His eternal LIFE!

Yes, let us aspire to consider our true ambition.
Today, let us earnestly live for Jesus... always Jesus!

All praise, all glory, to our gracious, glorious, generous, and good King!

Blessings!

~Victoria

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