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The Cross is an Obstacle

In your ambition, keep returning to examine it for selfishness

The Cross is an Obstacle to Selfishness
Selfish Ambition – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-4

Key Verse: Philippians 2:3

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

Our key verse for yesterday and today begs this question: Why do you do what you do?  What are your motives?  Are there any selfish ambitions floating around in your motives?  Let’s remind ourselves that wanting to be successful at whatever we attempt is not considered selfish ambition.  We should want to be successful and effective in our life’s work.  If we don’t, we would be committing a sin that the Bible labels slothfulness.  This term describes a lazy person who has no ambition in life.  This person gets little accomplished to make our world a better place and little to push the kingdom of God forward.

In your ambition, keep returning to examine it for selfishness.  As you achieve success, are you willing to give credit to those around you who helped?  Or, as you see opportunities to achieve a desired goal, have you been willing to hurt others to get there?  Of course there are times when achieving a position at work, for example, means you beat out another person.  Unless you are publically cheering and rubbing it in their face, that is not selfish ambition.  In fact, Christ followers would sincerely feel bad for those who didn’t get picked.  However, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong to accept the promotion.  We should see that as God’s blessings in our life!

Father, I want all areas of my life to be surrendered to your Lordship.  Thank you for my blessings; may I never lord it over others.  In Jesus’ name, amen.