Do You Have a Holy Ambition?

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.

holy ambitionSimply 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.

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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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3 Responses to Do You Have a Holy Ambition?

  1. I think of God’s ambition for me, as in Ephesians 4:13 “Til we all come . . . unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” – or as the Amplified puts it – “nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection”

    This SHOULD be my holy ambition, which overrules every aspect of my life and to which all other desires are submissive. I long for the day when this will be accomplished and I will be with Him and ‘like Him’ [1 John 3:2] but I too often miss opportunities He provides to further me along in His goal for me.

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  3. Rob Barkman says:

    May we all be faithful to the will of God and burn within to see His will accomplished in our lives. Very good thoughts on the subject. Thanks for sharing on such an important subject. Lord bless you.

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