An Honorable Ambition


 “And seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not.”  (Jeremiah 45:5)

“To aspire to leadership is an honourable ambition.”  (1 Timothy 3:1)


1.         Our word “ambition” derives from a Latin word meaning “canvassing for promotion.”  A variety of ingredients may be present:

A.   To be seen and approved by men, to be popular

B.   To stand well among one’s contemporaries

C.   To exercise control over others

D.   You can name many more


2.        Ambitious men enjoy power that money or authority brings.  Such carnal ambitions were rebuked by the Lord.


3.        The true spiritual leader will never canvass for promotion!  Jesus announced a new standard of greatness:

     “But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.”  (Mark 10:42-44)


4.        True greatness, true spiritual leadership is achieved not by reducing men to one’s service, but in giving oneself in selfless service to them.  And that is never done without cost.  It involves a bitter cup and experiencing a painful baptism of suffering.  The true spiritual leader is concerned infinitely more with the service he can render God and his fellowman than with the benefits and pleasures he can extract from life.  He aims to put more into life than what he takes out.


5.        Our ambition needs to be channeled into God’s for our life.  Our response to His drawing and leading needs to be, I have one passion, it is Him, and Him alone.