What type of ambitions do you have? What is driving them? What is the source for them? What is your goal?
Today’s Reading starts with and points to what Jesus has to say on it…
9Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
–from Matthew 6
So, what are you ambitious for? And, how are you working towards those ambitions?
Are you sowing seeds wherever you go? You may know or you may not know what the soil those seeds are landing on as you speak into the lives of others, but when the seed does hit good soil, it will provide a return or a multiplied return of 30, 60, or 100 times!
Where are your ambitions taking you? Are you setting yourself up in places with good soil in order that your efforts, your energy, your words, your work are multiplied? Are your ambitions setting you up to be able to see that kind of abundance Jesus speaks of?
As today’s reading speaks to us, it’s not about us striving, but more about being in alignment with God’s purpose and plan for it is then that we will get to see His plans (“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”) and His provision (“Give us this day our daily break”). It’s not about striving, its abiding in God’s plan and purpose!
We need to remember that striving doesn’t equal ambition! We need to realize that striving and ambition are different! So we don’t need to be clawing our way up to corporate later at any cost, but rather we need to do the good work that God has called us to and let Him take care of the rest! By living in this way, we can shine to the world around us God’s hope and love by the fruit we bear! Are we bearing good fruit? Are you bearing bad fruit?
So, what are you ambitious for? Is there anything getting in the way of you being able to achieve it? Are there any threats or challenges due to peer pressure or culture that keep you from realizing it? Are you too busy to be able to consider what you are creating? Are you too crazy busy to be able to stop and consider why are you creating it? Is the business of life keeping you from even knowing what your ambitions are?
Why don’t you stop and take some time to think about it? What do we see Jesus do after a busy day? He takes time away, by himself, to meet with the Father. What did we see Jesus do before He stepped out into His ministry? He fasted! He even spoke to the disciples about the need for prayer and fasting! So are you taking time away? Are you making time to be silent, to pray, to fast, to worship, to study God’s Word, to rest in your time of Sabbath?
Are you able to get rid of those motivations or ambitions that are useless? Are you able to discipline yourself so that you don’t go and do something that will be detrimental to you or others? Are you able to discipline yourself so that you don’t go and do something stupid in the hopes of being noticed or empowered in order to get more power or more money?
Is your ambition to be more like Jesus? Is your ambition to portray Him to the world around you? Are you allowing Him to prepare you for the very things that are to come and to be your ambitious self?
So let’s start our days with the way Jesus taught us to pray! Let’s have the ambitious prayer and the small prayer! Let’s put God first! Let’s be submissive to His purpose and His plans and He will take care of the rest! We see this not only in today’s prayer, but also in God’s Word that tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and then what happens? …
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
— Matthew 6:33
So let’s get this day started on the right foot! And let’s put ourselves in the right place and the right mindset! And let’s see God use it and multiply it for the glory of His Kingdom!
Today’s devotional is day 2 from Ambition & Your Work.