Many Christians regard ambition for anything other than ‘saving souls’ as a distraction from what they regard as our true calling to evangelism. This is a misunderstanding of the Bible: God has called us to extend his kingdom in the world in partnership with him. This can apply to many aspects of life, not just so-called Christian work.
It is surely right to be ambitions about our contribution to this. Christians sometimes feel that it is inappropriate to pray for opportunity and success at work. Yet, in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, Jabez, a man described as ‘more honourable than his brothers,’ prayed that God would bless him and increase his possessions.
If our ambition is aligned with what God has called us to do, we are right to ask for his blessing on it
If our ambition is aligned with what God has called us to do, then we are right to ask for his blessing on it so that we can make a difference in the world and bring him glory.
For me, Christian ambition is the passionate and contented pursuit of challenging, yet attainable, God-given objectives.
If you want to know what that means then watch the Good Ambition Conversation here: good ambition or you can read the chapter in my book God at Work which is available at all good bookstores including Amazon UK - God at Work and Amazon.com - God at Work