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Ambition

Big idea:

Our desire to aspire comes from God. But unlike selfish ambition or no ambition, Godly ambition is where we love God and help others through our work.

Verses and Points: 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” [Genesis 1:27-28]

Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. [Genesis 2:19]

No ambition is rooted in comfort in who I am or what I have.
Selfish ambition is rooted in concern over who I am or what I have.
 â€œI think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.” -Jim Carrey

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. [Ephesians 2:10]

Godly ambition is rooted in contentment in who I am and what I have.
Love God and help others through your work. 

Questions: 

Q1: Do you struggle more with no ambition or selfish ambition?

Q2: What is your personal definition of success?  What do you hope or aspire to be?

Q3: On the scale of too comfortable, content, or too concerned with who you are and what you have, where do you fall? 

Q4: Why do you think God wants us to be ambitious? 

Q5: What are things you can do right now to aspire to or be ambitious towards?

Q6: How could you love God and help others through your work? What would that look like right now? 


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