Godly Versus Selfish Ambition

“For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” (James 3:16)

There is a need for us to discern between godly and selfish ambition. We must hunger and thirst for the name of Jesus to be glorified; to build His kingdom and not our own. In this respect we must always be ready to lay down and give away anything that God has not asked us to build.

Graham Cooke says, “God doesn’t measure our success by what we achieve – by results and statistics. God measures our success by the faithfulness we display.”

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

In heaven there is no sacred/secular divide; all is worship. What will be significant in eternity is not what we did, but the degree to which were obedient to the Lord and were motivated by love.

Bill Johnson writes, “We are never significant because we want to be, we are significant because we do what He says. Pure simple obedience. No one on earth may even know your name but heaven records your victories … Heaven has a different way of looking at stuff.”

Stop grading what you do for God and just do.


“Spontaneously and without effort we have fulfilled the law … by loving our neighbour as ourselves. It is an image, a foretaste, of what we must become to all if Love Himself rules in us without a rival.” (C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves)


This article is an extract from 

God Hunger: Meditations from a life of longing








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