Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 20)
Tactics: Ambition
You have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.'
Isaiah 14:13 (NKJV)
Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1 Timothy 6:9 (NKJV)
What is ambition but a nicely wrapped lust or a politically correct passion? For high achievers, ambition seems crucial. How can you win an Academy Award without wanting it and working very hard? Isn't ambition just being the best you?

Satan would like us to believe our ambitions are simply reasonable desires. Seriously, who wouldn't want to be named the world's best in a particular field?* Jesus, for One. His true disciples for more.

If ambition's about being the best you, then what about becoming the best Jesus? Isn't He supposed to be our Example? Because without Jesus, we're just pretending: a nice-looking suitcase filled with filthy rags.

So what's the right kind of ambition for us?

It's not for power, honor, fame or money. It's not for applause and approval from men. It's not for success as defined by the world. These are enemy tricks to turn you around: to make you like little kids playing soccer. In confusion, you run toward the wrong goal.

It is losing the desire for prideful things. It is following closely behind Jesus. It is loving the journey, like Abraham. It is stepping onto media's stages. It is knowing a waiting room is a stage. It is being satisfied with every role. It is offering the fruit of God's Spirit.

His Great Commission is our right ambition.

To Be Continued...

* I'm not saying being 'The world's best' is always bad. But our #1 ambition must be to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. If our priorities are in order, God may ordain fame to chase us down and overtake us, as it did for Jesus and many of His followers. In the last few years, this type of success has come upon sports, beauty and entertainment stars (like Matthew McConaughey, Chris Pratt, LeCrae and Denzel Washington). Rightfully, they have given God the credit. This is the game plan for actors, models and talent for Christ. Just don't let the size (or look) of a stage fool you. Every role is important.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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