James 3:16 (NIV)
16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
One of the signs a child is growing up is they begin to think of others. They start to consider other’s feelings and needs. They can even put others ahead of themselves. Unfortunately many never grow up. Ever had a child have a tantrum when they couldn’t get their way. I wish I could say I didn’t. No this is very normal when growing up. It is up to us to train them to overcome their selfishness and see others.
Selfish ambition is an adult that never grew up. They envy what others have and want that for themselves. They can become so obsessed that they are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Kill, steal, and destroy other people’s world to have it. Ever work with someone who would step on anyone to get ahead? We all have. As it says they will do anything to get what they want. Jesus said you have to lose your life to find it. Just the opposite of the world’s theology. Why not rather be wronged? Why not give up your own life for others? Another name for it might be parenting. lol. I remember how I felt while holding my first born in my arms. This overwhelming sense of now I am responsible for another’s life. She can’t take care of herself and I must. Little did I realize all that meant. You have to lose your life to find it. Now I don’t see it as losing anything. Well maybe some sleep. lol. There is a high cost to raising children some don’t want to pay it. They rather murder them in their womb where they should be safe than give up a few things. Every evil practice. Finance, number one reason for abortion. Just not financially convenient. Sad but true. People who suffer from selfish ambition often become control freaks trying to cover for all the disorder in their lives. What’s in your heart?
Pastor Jeff Lane
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