How do I guard against the wrong kind of ambition? - Ambition - TouchPoints

How do I guard against the wrong kind of ambition?

Philippians 2:3Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

Priorities change when you concentrate on others instead of focusing on what they think of you. Rather than trying to impress others with yourself, impress upon them their worth and value as individuals made in God’s image.

Philippians 3:4-14I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could . . . I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law . . . I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord . . . I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Selfish ambition fades as truth dawns. In reality, earthly achievements cannot compare with knowing Jesus Christ. In fact, they can get in the way, distracting you from depending fully on God. At the end of your life, only what’s done for him will matter.