How does one respond to a question like, “Do you have a holy ambition?” Shucks; to be quite honest, I’m not really confident that I know what a holy ambition is. Thankfully, John Piper doesn’t ask the question without elaborating.
Simply defined, “A holy ambition is really wanting to do something that God really wants you to do. Something you want to do so much that doing it keeps you from doing other things that you really like to do. Paul really wanted to go to Rome for years (Romans 15:22). But he didn’t go because he wanted something else more. He wanted to preach the gospel in Asia and Greece where people didn’t know about Jesus. He really, really, really wanted to do this. We call that kind of desire an ambition. And we call it ‘holy ambition’ when it is something God wants you to do (A Holy Ambition by John Piper; pg.17).”
Paraphrasing Piper, “Christians should have a holy ambition… something that we really want to do for the glory of God. It is a controlling holy ambition that sometimes helps us decide to not go to Rome yet, but gives us an eternal focus, organization, and passion.”
Wouldn’t God be pleased if each of His children had a holy ambition? Not Paul’s mind you, for one plants and another waters, but instead, the reveling of that deep desire that burns passionately waiting to be kindled.