The Drive to Achieve

The Drive to Achieve

How ambitious should Christians be?


In today's success-oriented society, it's easy to be swept along in the surge up the corporate ladder. Is it acceptable for Christians to climb? To what extent are ambition and the Christian faith incompatible? Is all ambition selfish?

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 49:11–13, 16–20; Proverbs 10:4; 18:16; 22:29; 31:10–31; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Matthew 23:1–12; Mark 9:33–35; John 5:44; 1 John 4:9–10, 13–17


• The Issue

Sample questions:

What are some reasons Christians assume that ambition is incompatible with Christian faith?

What may happen in our lives when we believe ambition is sinful?

• The Scriptures

Sample Scriptures:

Ecclesiastes 9:10: For what reasons should we do the best we can at whatever we do?

Proverbs 18:16; 22:29: If we aspire to higher-level jobs and greater responsibilities, how should we go about pursuing them?

• The Application

Sample application questions:

What ambitions do you have for your work situation? What are your motives for these ambitions? Are they selfish?

Think about your coworkers. In what ways can you build them up and help meet their needs as you work together?


High Hopes: What's Wrong (and Right) with Ambition, by John Throop (October 1986, 4 printed pages)

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