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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5787 ambition, positive aspects of
5787 ambition, positive aspects of

5787 ambition, positive aspects of

In its positive sense, ambition is a personal desire for spiritual progress or achievement.

A longing for God and for what he can do in the believer

Mt 5:6; Php 3:13-14 See also Php 3:10; Ps 40:8; Lk 13:24; Col 1:29; 1Th 4:11; 2Ti 2:15; Heb 12:1; 1Pe 2:2; 2Pe 3:14

The desire for spiritual gifts

1Co 14:12 See also 1Ki 3:10-14 pp 2Ch 1:11-12; 1Co 12:31; 1Co 14:1,39

The desire for a leadership role in the church

1Ti 3:1

The longing for communion with God

Ps 27:4 See also Ps 73:25; Ps 84:2

The compelling desire to preach the gospel

Ro 15:20 See also 1Co 9:16; Php 1:15-18 Jesus Christ can be proclaimed, despite selfish personal ambition.

Focus on future rewards

1Co 9:24-27 See also 2Ti 4:8; Heb 10:35-36; Heb 11:26

See also

5840eagerness
5904maturity, spiritual
7754preaching
7966spiritual gifts
8114discipleship
8134knowing God
8206Christlikeness
8266holiness
8424evangelism
8441goals
8461priorities
8465progress

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