A Holy Ambition

Antsy: 1.Restless or impatient; fidgety: The long wait made the children antsy. 2.Nervous; apprehensive: “Camps got shot up all the time, but if there wasn’t a shoot-up, they’d get antsy” (Harper’s). 

Boyd (27)If this is an accurate description of how I feel today (and it is), then I can only imagine (that would make a good title for a song, wouldn’t it?) what courses the thoughts of the Boyd family this morning. In less than one month they will board a plane headed for Senegal, Africa with a holy ambition to meet an immeasurable need.

Recently, the Boyd’s were kind enough to share an excellent read with my family, “A Holy Ambition” by John Piper (you didn’t think I had the wits to form lingo like that, did you?).

Before even entering the pages of this write, the reader is petitioned, “Do you have a holy ambition?”

To this question, I want to shout resoundingly “Yes!” I just wish my actions looked a little more like my words. They don’t… but I sincerely want them to.

holy ambitionFrom the back cover of the book, we’re reminded, “The apostle Paul had a holy ambition – to preach the gospel to peoples who had never heard. He ached to proclaim Jesus where He had not yet been named.”

Did you catch the word he used – “ached?” I wonder if those who know me best would describe me that way. Sadly, I have serious doubts. For me, the New Year has ushered in a new prayer for a new heart, one that aches for those who “have little to no access to the saving news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.”

A challenging thought, “And since Jesus’ Great Commission to make disciples of all nations is still in effect – and since there are thousands of peoples today who have never heard of Him – every church should pray that God would not only make all of us evangelists among our own people, but also that He would raise up missionaries to take the gospel where it has never gone before.”

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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4 Responses to A Holy Ambition

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  2. Subhan Zein says:

    To serve humanity with written word. I hope that’s considered holy.

    Subhan Zein

  3. I think of the poem by Ralph Spaulding Cushman

    Set us afire, Lord,
    Stir us, we pray!
    While the world perishes
    We go our way,
    Purposeless, passionless,
    Day after day.
    Set us afire, Lord,
    Stir us, we pray!

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