"We make it our aim (we are ambitious) to be well-pleasing unto Him."-- 2Co_5:9 (R.V., see marg.).
There is a scope for ambition within the sphere of the Christian Faith, and to be without it is to miss an influential incentive to high and holy endeavour. Our Lord does not destroy any natural faculty, but directs it to a worthy object. Instead of living for material good, or the applause of the world, we must stir ourselves to seek those things which are the legitimate objects of holy ambition. In two other passages the Apostle Paul uses this same word. See 1Th_4:11; Rom_15:20 (R.V. marg.).
There is the ambition of daily toil,--"Be ambitious to be quiet, to do your own business, to work with your own hands." In the age in which the Apostles lived there was much unrest, and in the case of the Christian Church this was still further increased by the expectation of the approaching end of the world; many were inclined to surrender their ordinary occupations, and give themselves up to restlessness and excitement, all of which was prejudicial to the regular ordering of their homes and individual lives, But the injunction is that we are not to yield to the ferment of restlessness; we are not to be disturbed by the feverishness around us, whether of social upheavals or for pleasure or gain.
The ambition to be well-pleasing to Christ. At His judgment-seat He will weigh up the worth of our individual mortal life, and He is doing so day by day. Not only when we pass the threshold of death, but on this side, our Lord is judging our character and adjudicating our reward. Let us strive to be as well-pleasing to Him in this life, as we hope to be in the next.
The ambition of Christian work--"Being ambitious to preach the Gospel." The great world lies open to us, many parts of it still unevangelized; and all around us in our own country are thousands, among the rich and poor, who have no knowledge of Christ. Let us make it our ambition to bring them to Him, always remembering that the things we do for Christ must be that which He works through us in the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom_15:18-19).
The ANFGM - Abu Dhabi men's ministry (A.M.E.N.) created a basketball team to compete for inter-faith basketball tournament. They gather not just to play, not just to show their talents in dribling and shooting like their favorite court heroes but there much more this team wants to fulfill. Through the effort of Bro. Vincent as the coordinator, Bro. Alvin as coach, Bro. Ronald as assistant coach at Bro. RV as captain ball. Fifteen players composes the whole team. These men stood up and prayed and came up with the objective that makes ANFGM BASKETBALL TEAM their tool to REACH OUT all basketball enthusiasts, bring them to Christ and unite them with ANFGM's members through Seed Group for the Glory of God. The AMEN ministry continue fulfilling their vision statement, "But you, Man of God… Fight the good Fight of Faith, Lay hold on Eternal Life….."
Give us grace, O Lord, to work while it is day, fulfilling diligently and patiently whatever duty Thou appointest us; doing small things in the day of small things, and great labours if Thou summon us to any; rising and working, sitting still and suffering, according to Thy word. AMEN.
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