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Backdoor Selfish Ambition

Philippians 2:1-11

Verse 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

We have talked about how we should do nothing out of selfish ambition but could there be a backdoor to this selfish ambition? How about the times that we do nothing because of our selfish ambition?

We can become so consumed with our own lives and life ambitions that we selfishly keep our time and energy for that personal ambition. Whether it is our job or our hobbies, sometimes the endeavors we have in life get in the way of how we are called to live. It is so easy to pursue the things that bring us complete joy and because of that we sometimes ignore where God has called us to serve Him.

When we find ourselves pursuing our hobbies or jobs more than we do our family life we ignore God’s command to set aside personal ambition. It is so easy to see the benefits of staying for late meetings or multiple practices and not realize how often we are neglecting our spouse and children.

Another thing that often gets neglected by our selfish ambition is finding places and ways to serve God in the Church. We say we are too busy to be on a committee, go to a Bible study, to help teach a class, meet for prayer or various others opportunities in the local body of believers. This act of selfish ambition hinders the Church from doing things for God and community. If we don’t use the gifts He has given us to use for the Kingdom, we are saying we are more important to ourselves than God is. In reality it shows that we are worshiping self instead of God.

So while looking out for our own interests hurts those around us because we are not caring for them, it also hurts the family unit and the Church family. We weren’t created to please ourselves. God created us for community and being in a community requires everyone looking out for everyone else. This is the love He has called us to. May His ambition come to be our ambition too.

Making It Personal

When is a time that you have neglected family for personal reasons? Have you ever said no to an opportunity to serve at church because you didn’t want to make room in your life or schedule for it? Where is a place God may be calling you to serve in His Kingdom?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you like to do things you want to do instead of taking time with your family? Have you ever done something to help at church? Do you like helping God even if it means you can’t do something you wanted to do?

Closing Prayer

Father, please forgive us for the times that we have neglected our family and Church family because of our selfishness. Give us a heart for each other and bring us to a point where our love for You gives us a desire to serve You more than serve ourselves. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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