Continuing on: To thine own self be true: Spiritual Ambition.
Our culture today fosters ambition – fleshly ambition, spiritual ambition, and soulish ambition. “Be all you can be and more than you actually are!” Unfortunately, this is a tremendous disservice to those looking for direction. What’s more, it cultivates ingratitude and bitterness with God. Let me show you how.
Spiritual Ambition: Everyone Gets A Trophy
There’s a problem with a culture where everyone gets a trophy and most are set on a path to be the greatest human expression of ME as possible. This pursuit inevitably fails to relegate that greater self to the Will of God. Countless people are sent out thinking they are going to be THE STAR of the Kingdom. “You will speak in front of millions,” “You will prophesy to Kings and princes, leaving them speechless,” “Your healing ministry will touch hundreds of thousands!” This is great if it’s true, but for MOST it isn’t. There are very few Billy Grahams in this world. Am I trying to discourage vision and hope? No, I am contending for the Will of God.
If I were called to be the prominent face of a worldwide ministry, then this would be His specific will for me. I’d have the grace and His Life to do it. But I’m speaking about the masses looking to be BIG when they’re relegated to something smaller. Anything beyond the Will of God is an ambition that leads to jealousy, coveting, and demonic activity.
Spiritual Ambition Versus The Will of God
This morning I was looking at my life and seeing the fact that I’ve never been the figurehead of greatness. All my successes have been confined to minimal exposure. And most have been for God alone. And in this, I’ve come to a place of peace and actual defense to be in the Will of God for my life. I don’t want more than His will allows!
The Life of Christ in me is a support of another’s ministry. I’m not the upfront face of Shulamite Ministries; I am an integral support of Martha’s ministry. Though I’ve had men come and say, “God will advance you soon,” I don’t look for it or even want that. I want to be in the Will of God for my life, not on the fast track of spiritual advancement.
When we find ourselves scratching and clawing for greatness, we’re actually just the world calling ourselves church. The Will of God is the only measure of success and greatness. And to the chagrin of many, that Will doesn’t often mean public greatness.
The Will of God is our highest standard of living and the greatest expression of life we can know. There’s no greater life than the one my Heavenly Father has made for me. And within His Will is also my complete fulfillment. The Will of God equals Life and His greatness in me!