‘Be Content, Yet Ambitious’
Updated: Jul 12, 2018
There is a tension between being content and being ambitious.
The Apostle Paul said, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:14. Elsewhere he says, “Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” 1 Corinthians 9:27 This guy was hardcore! With the dogged determination and focused ambition, Paul almost single-handedly spread the Christian message all across the world and took the church from a handful of people in Israel to hundreds and hundreds of thousands across the world. Paul would breeze through ship wrecks, carry on walking after being almost stoned to death and power sing his way out of prisons. He was described by many as a lunatic and known for being one of the most zealous men who ever lived. To say that Paul was ambitious would be the understatement of the century. Yet in the very same letter, where he was talking about pressing on toward the goal, he says this, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” Philippians 4:12 Jesus also tells us not to worry about a thing, but trust in our Father to provide. Is this a contradiction from the highly ambitious verses? No! Paul was ambitious, yet content. This is remarkably powerful place to be in. You may be sick of your job and mediocre life and want to go on to do something far greater. Some people will tell you to be content with what God has given you, but you need to be able to say, “I have learned to be content with what I have, yet ambitious for more.” Perhaps you are in business and you want to take things to the next level and double your turnover. God wants you to be ambitious and have a “whatever it takes” mentality. But remember to be content with what you have also. This may sound like a contradiction but when you learn the art of balancing the two, you will become a massively more effective and happy person’.