The key to ambition!

Let me tell you about a situation I experienced a few years ago. I was traveling back to Canada, and I had a stopover in an American airport. To pass the waiting time, I watched the planes take off, one after the other. In fact, I am always impressed by airplanes. I find it fascinating, not just the technological aspect, but especially the fact that a person had the courage, one day, to imagine an object whose functioning would involve raising it to the sky.

While I was contemplating this, God spoke to me, a teaching that I cherish preciously. He explained to me that “my objective in life would define the challenges that I would face, the sacrifices that I would have to make, and the level of spiritual growth that I would have to achieve”.

In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

2 Timothy 2: 20-21

For example, if my goal in life is limited to the ambition of traveling at a speed of 80 km/h, then a road trip would do. You can drive a car that has minor mechanical problems without too much trouble. At worst, the car will break down during our trip, and we will park on the side of the road. It may slow you down, but there is not necessarily a risk of death.

But if your ambition is greater, for example to advance at 700 km/h, then it becomes impossible to use a car. In this case, it is necessary to consider using for example an airplane. But with this new mode of travel, you must be more rigorous. Indeed, in an airplane, a breakdown exposes us to a fatal crash. So the stakes get higher, as your ambition increases. The same is true if you opt for a ride in a rocket, even faster than an airplane. Compared to the plane, again, the attention to detail must be greater. A crowd of people will have to be at work in the technical room on D-Day for the take-off and the entire trip to be smooth. Therefore, before starting at high speed, you must rigorously check all details, including those that would be considered insignificant if you were to travel at a lower speed.

What does this mean for us in Jesus?

Simply that the level of growth we should seek to achieve will depend on the ambition we choose. If our ambition in Jesus is limited, then certain “flaws” can be tolerated in us. God will ‘accommodate’ these in us, as long as it does not keep us from achieving our limited goals. But if we are aiming for the highest peaks, then good preparation, perfect discipline, and an excellent life (by Jesus’ standard we agree) will be essential.

The choice of our ambition will define the process of growth, of maturity through which we will go, as well as the elements that we will have to develop in our life.

So, should you grow up? Yes of course. How high should you grow? Until you are able to achieve your goals: that is your target. And to know which will be the best targets, read the third part.

Be blessed in Jesus!