“and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,”
1 Thessalonians 4.11 NASB
Ambition is considered something that makes a person appear more in public and win success and recognition. Paul sees it differently.
Complete this phrase: My ambition in life is ___. A Christian’s goals are far different than those of the world.
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The Lord speaks to Jeremiah; He says to him that His disappointments are great. He looks “down” and takes note that His people have no understanding; in fact they are “wise to do evil,” but have no real sense of doing good (Jeremiah 4:22). When one is so bent on trying to get ahead, when one is son interested in trying to out maneuver another, when one is interested in planning schemes in order for advancement, have these people (or should I say “we”) lost sight of what is good? Those who have lost sight are inviting themselves to lose their way. When their way is lost, how will they know the way back home?
Hard Sayings (1)
Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land. The LORD of hosts has sworn in my hearing:”Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant. For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath, and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah.” (Isaiah 5:8-10)
There is a balance between ambition that is ungodly and trying to improve one’s status in life. Paul said that a love of money is a “root of evil,” and by that he meant that when money is the goal of the person, much evil is done. Those who have money as their goal might have an inclination to trample people in order to get it. Relationships that are precious are now strained, and the only this left in the strainer is “cold cash.”
The Lord was very dissatisfied with His people Israel, and through Isaiah, He told them He would tend to this matter in a way that would be most disagreeable to Israel. Israel took no notice of the Lord’s warning and, I suppose, that is a vile consequence of misplaced priorities. It is a bad thing to not hear the Lord; it never turns out good for those who don’t hear. RT