Is being ambitious a good or bad quality?

12 Feb

“…if by ambition we mean simply a drive or initiative in setting and reaching goals, there is nothing more natural to us as God’s image-bearers. God created us in righteousness and holiness, to extend his reign to the ends of the earth. Glorifying and enjoying God was the object and goal that greeted Adam and Eve each morning, as they loved and served each other with energetic satisfaction. However, instead of leading his wife and his entire posterity in the ‘thanksgiving parade,’ Adam declared independence from his King. The immediate effects of his ambition were rivalry and self-assertion–first between Adam and Eve, and then between Cain and Abel. The rest, as they say, is history.

So too, however, is God’s solution. In the fullness of time, the Father sent his Son. Where the first Adam sought to break free of his created rank and ascend to the throne of God, the last Adam–who is God in his very nature–left his throne and descended to our misery. ‘He … emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow’ “Phil 2:6-10). While the first Adam launched a ‘meet you at the top’ philosophy of life, Jesus Christ says to the world, ‘I’ll meet you at the bottom.'”

Michael Horton in Ordinary: Sustainable faith in a radical, restless world, p. 87-88

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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Books, Character, Passion, Personal growth, Quotes


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