It seems like God pulled me out of a situation where I was content and directed me to do something ambitious. As I started working and making plans and dreaming of possibilities, it became much harder to be satisfied where I am in the present. Are contentment and ambition mutually exclusive? Since the Bible talks about contentment so much (Luke 3:14, Philippians 4:11, Hebrews 13:5), is it even acceptable for a Christian to be ambitious?
One of the meanings of philotimeomai is “from a love of honour to strive to bring something to pass.” It also means, “to be ambitious, to strive earnestly, make it one’s aim.” This word is used three times in the New Testament, always in a positive sense. It describes ambition to preach the Gospel (Romans 15:20), ambition to please the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:9), and ambition to work to support oneself (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12). Continue reading