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Published on September 20th, 2016 | by Discussion Questions

Is it right for Christians to be ambitious?





EKA WRITES: My question is: Is it right for a Christian teenager to be an ambitious person? I eagerly wait for your point of view, folks. God bless.


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  • Rachel M.

    Here is my take. If you look up the word ambitious, the definition is: having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed. Synonyms of the word are things like: determined, enthusiastic, energetic, and zealous. Notice that last word. Zealous. In the Bible, (Acts 22:3) Paul says, “I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.”

    Also, throughout the New Testament, James and John were referred to as zealous, gaining the nickname, The Sons of Thunder.

    We see throughout God’s Word many strong men in the faith like the ones listed above –– Paul, James, John –– that were zealous in their faith. That says to me that God wants us to be energetic and excited about our faith. We should be ambitious and energetic about the right things like sharing our faith and living for God. It is wrong to be ambitious in a wrong or inappropriate way.

    Hope this helps and explains it well. God Bless!

    • The Bean

      Yay! Another word definition and synonym lover!
      Good explanation!

      • Amanda

        The bean? Are you the one who submitted the question, or are you Josh or Haylie? :-)

        • Eka Yunita

          Hy Amanda, thankyou so much for your ideas. It’s so thoughfully, anyway I submitted this question because sometimes I found my self so ambitious in doing something. And the next problem is somehow I have a little bit of perfectionist, I would be anger or dissapointed if things just didn’t work out like I want.

          • Rachel M.

            Hi Eka! I am a perfectionist and this can lead to pride. I let myself think that I can make everything perfect and if it doesn’t turn out that way, I place the blame on others since “I’m the perfectionist.” My solution is to memorize verses about pride and whenever I start to feel my pride bubbling up I will quote as many as I can. All this is is focusing on God’s Word to turn from my sin. Would you try to sin while reading God’s Word? Of course not! So I bring those verses to mind to calm down and repent for being prideful.

            The same thing works for anger. Memorize verses on anger and righteous anger. Apply the same principal for when you get angry. It really helps me. After a while, you will find that God is working on you to get rid of your pride, anger, selfishness, or whatever sin you struggle with.

            Hope that this principal works for you!

          • Eka Yunita

            Wow, you shocked me up with your inspiring experience to against with ‘our each perfectionist’. Anyway a lot of thanks for your respond. I realize, as long as we do something in God’s honoring, we have to do our best for His glory. To be honest, I’m from Indonesia. I guess you know well my country (LOL)

        • The Bean

          Nope. I’m The Bean, not Josh or Haylie :-)

          • Amanda

            Lol ok :) What kind of bean? Kidney bean? Navy bean? Lima bean? Cocoa bean? Coffee bean? Jelly bean? :-)

          • The Bean

            The Bean.

          • Haylie

            *gets that one song from Veggietales “Lord of the Beans” stuck in my head*

          • The Bean

            Yeah, that happens to most people I introduce myself to.

          • Haylie

            Haha XD

          • The Bean

            The cure for this disease (I’ll call it lordofthebeanstunehumomania) is “O where is my hairbrush”.

          • Haylie

            YAAS lol. That always was my favorite silly song.

          • The Bean

            Did it help?

          • Haylie

            Ya know what? It actually did!

          • Haven Asnip

            haha

          • Dorian Turner

            The Bean’s advice cured me as well.

          • Haven Asnip

            bwahaha! I’m dyeing over here XD

          • What color?? 😜😏

          • The Bean

            I’m guessing heliotrope?

          • Haven Asnip

            Once again Google comes in handy XD I had never heard of that color/flower. When I was younger I used to say pinkalish purpalish was my favorite color haha.

          • The Bean

            Yay Google!

          • *tries to think of a color pun that links dying with dyeing but can’t* =P

          • The Bean

            Orange you glad you’re not dying but dyeing?

          • Yup, I’m tickled pink ;D

          • The Bean

            I was too when I red your answer…

          • Haven Asnip

            y’all are making me so blue. (;

          • I certainly hope Haven won’t Maroon us on an island for poking fun of her so much XD

          • Haven Asnip

            haha very funny *insert sarcasm* ok ok I can’t spell and I’m horrible at grammar. I should put that in my disques bio.

          • XD

        • The Bean is The Bean XD

          • Haylie

            Yup, I concur. ;P

          • Amanda

            Well, at least the bean isn’t Haylie. 😀

          • Amanda

            Well, at least the bean isn’t Josh. 😀

          • Dorian Turner

            Hey Josh! I’m sorry to say I’m going to unfollow you, for the simple reason that receiving updates on on everything you’re doing twice is getting a little heavy on my emails. I hope you don’t feel hurt… lol

          • Lol it took me a minute to get this before I realized what you were talking about XD no offense taken, however if you’d like you can turn off the “Disqus Digests” emails (I’ve had mine turned off for like a year lol)

          • The Bean

            Yeah, sorry, I’m not very eloquent late at night :)

          • Lol it’s all good XD

          • The Bean

            How’s the guitar doing?

          • Lol doing good – I saw that article and was like WHUT I laugh at jokes all the time =P

          • The Bean

            That’s what I thought funny.

          • Lol. This one made me die (or dye lol @Haven Asnip) laughing: http://babylonbee.com/news/power-god-waits-church-foyer-chorus-holy-spirit/

          • The Bean

            Yeah. It made me laugh when i read it too.

          • The Bean

            Hilarious. My favorite is when the fog machine breaks.

          • THAT ONE’S GREAT TOO!!!!!!

        • The Bean

          Pssst, Josh, Mimey the Ghost, Jason, Heather, Haven and any fellow revivians that happen to be reading this, don’t say anything and let Amanda guess who I really am…

          • Amanda

            Hey, no fair! I am totally out of the Revive loop, lol. Haven’t been on there in forever. Grant? Taylor? Trent? Sam Wegner? MFJ? Sam S?

          • The Bean

            Okay. No fair. But my two “personalities” have been on the Reb for a while, one more than the other. It may be possible you haven’t met my counterpart…

          • Amanda

            So is your name Dorian Turner? Or Amanda Turner?!

            Lima beans, collard greens, peachy keen…VEGGIETALES. There’s never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever been a show like VEGGIETALES………

          • Dorian Turner

            Dorian Turner.

          • The Bean

            And we’ve got a show for you!

          • Haven Asnip

            I just followed your alter ego (;

          • Dorian Turner

            …Dorian Turner the lumberjack!

      • Rachel M.

        Thank you!

  • Haven Asnip

    I looked up the word ambition in my ESV Bible’s concordance.

    “13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:13-18

    “20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written,“Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” Romans 15:20-21

    • Eka Yunita

      Thankyouuu for this Bible’s concordance. It helps me so much:) Nice discussion Haven. Gbu

      • Haven Asnip

        I use my concordance all the time. It comes in handy for word definitions I am not so sure about. I am so glad I could be helpful (:
        Keep being ambitious for God!

  • Olivia W.

    To put it simply: Of course we should be ambitious! Just so long as we are being ambitious for the right things. Like Haven said, we are called to be ambitious about spreading the gospel and praising God.

    As far as the aspect of succeeding, there is nothing wrong with wanting to succeed. The only way that could be a problem is if you turn that into perfectionism and you can’t accept failure. So, we should want to succeed, to reach our goals for the glory of God, but if we fail, we have to be okay with that and learn to get back up again instead of letting our failures ruin us.

    • Eka Yunita

      Being ambitious for His glory! Yapp, it sounds great Oliv. Thanks a lot;) Gbu

  • Amanda

    I would say yes! God wants us to live by higher standards than the world gives us, so we should definitely aim high and make ambitious goals. :) It’s better to rail when aiming for a high standard than to succeed at a dozen smaller, worthless things.

    • Eka Yunita

      Alright Amanda, thank you for the good vibes. Gbu :)

  • Angela Pycroft

    Of course! As long as you aren`t pushy to people, you don`t overwork yourself, and you are ambitious in things God would want, it is a wonderful thing!

    • Eka Yunita

      Totally agree, thanks Angela! :)

      • Angela Pycroft

        No problem! Glad to help :)

  • Being ambitious is great–just make sure your motives are right and you are seeking His fame, not yours. Something I have to remind myself of every day!

  • Regan Seba

    That depends on your motivation. Is it stemming from an ambition to serve God and others, to become a better person, and to learn? Or is it stemming from a selfish heart that wants to gain more and more and more? I might add that there are some things that we are supposed to be ambitious for that one might not necessarally think…

    11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

    1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

    Therefore, we are supposed to be ambitious about small things as well as large ones. Be ambitious to lead a quiet life, or to change the world. Whatever your calling, be ambitious about it.

    • Rachel M.

      Good explanation! I’ve noticed we tend to think alike! You basically expanded what I commented. lol :)

  • Rachel W.

    I don’t see why not. If you don’t have any goals, then your life is going to be pretty stagnant. Doing hard things is pretty ambitious! And of course you don’t want to set goals that won’t glorify Him.

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