I’m happy to report for duty after my two-months learning stint.
To anyone wondering what I’m on about, this post should explain things a bit.
Welcome back and happy reading!
It’s been on my heart to discuss something God’s been drilling in – the concept of selfish ambition.
Many young people are going after their dreams, and while this is commendable, a heart after God is sure to check in with His. It makes sure God’s desires are at the forefront.
While learning, the stories of Babel’s Tower and Nehemiah’s Wall hit home in a major way. On one hand, we have a group of people who had a “vision” to build something never seen before. It wasn’t harmful, at least in their eyes. It was a home generations would remember long after they were gone.
(And we remembered, alright!)
“Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
– Genesis 11:4
But here was the issue…
Deep down, everything started and ended with Self.
In Genesis 9:1, God instructed Noah’s family to “Be fruitful, multiply and FILL THE EARTH.” But as Desiring God explains, “They weren’t spreading. They were clustering”.
Comfort, pride and selfish ambition fueled these plans, right until God came through.
Now Nehemiah’s story is much different. Here, we see a man moved by his people’s pain, seeking God’s help on the issue.
They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
– Nehemiah 1:3
“Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.”
– Nehemiah 1:6
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favour in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”
– Nehemiah 2:5
His heart for service shines through. His humility, the foundation of the wall built for his people.
The truth is, our world is a mess. And God in His infinite love and mercy is placing visions in His children’s hearts to rebuild and restore for His glory.
We must pray for grace to chase His ambitions and His alone.
It’s the only way to live.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”