God’s Dream…opposed by ambition!

ambitionAmbition…the strong desire to achieve something.

What are you looking to achieve in your life? Goals, aspirations, dreams, a purpose…all of these seem like positive additions to any person’s life.

So what’s the problem?

What was the ambition of those who witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion (see Luke 23:33-43)?

  • There are the leaders who simply want to rid themselves of a problem so they can continue to lead.
  • There are the soldiers who take advantage of the disadvantaged for their own gain as they gamble for his clothes.
  • There is the one criminal who seeks to be freed from the pain and anguish his actions have earned.

What ambitions do you have?

As I think of my own ambitions I wonder how different I am from those who stood around that cross.

  • How many times have I said to the poor “I can’t give you anything” because I really don’t have time for you?
  • How many times have I bought that inexpensive piece of clothing at the expense of some poor laborer on the other side of the world?
  • How many times have I blamed someone else for my failures so that I can feel better about myself?

For all of those times, I’m thankful for Jesus’ words, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they are doing.”

This week, allow Jesus’ example of keeping his eyes fixed on God’s plan…his humble acceptance of his role in that plan…his willingness to go where God led, even to the cross…to strip you of your ambitions and focus you on God’s dream.

– Pastor Tim

At Trinity ELC we offer the following opportunities to learn, be encouraged and to live out God’s dream in your life, alongside your brothers and sisters in Christ and with those God loves through Christ: