It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or to feel that what we are doing doesn’t matter. It’s also easy to get bogged down in routine to the point of feeling like a rat running on a wheel. Sometimes we may put too much emphasis on one particular thing in our life instead of seeing the bigger picture.
Do you ever feel complacent? Do you lack all ambition in the things you do for the Lord?
It’s one thing to be content in your circumstances. It’s another to be complacent.
Ambition does have its place. I’m not talking about selfish ambition. I am not talking about getting more money or having more things. I am talking about what you chase after for God, and how you represent Jesus in this world. How you live does have consequences.
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
2 Corinthians 5:7-11
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
We are called to do our best for Jesus in all the things we do. The unsaved will appear at the great white throne judgment. Those that are saved will stand at the judgment seat of Christ to account for their life. This is not to determine salvation. But this judgment does matter. The passage says, “. . . that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
What will you hear? Will you hear, “Well done,” or will you hear something else?
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We are in a race. Run well! When you run, run to win! How you serve really does matter. You will make a difference here, and you will be rewarded in heaven.
Today’s challenge is to think over what God has for you to do. Where has He placed you to serve Him? How are you doing? When you stand before God, what will you hear? In all things, remember that surrender is the key. Pray asking God to show you where you need to be more ambitious for Him. Then, chase after that with great ambition!