Lessons from James: Be ambitious for God

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Him and said, “Teacher, we want You to do something for us if we ask You.”

“What do you want Me to do for you?” He asked them.

They answered Him, “Allow us to sit at Your right and at Your left in Your glory.”  Mark 10:35-37

James was ambitious. He had a dream. His family had connections in the temple and ran a successful business, but he wanted more. He thought Jesus had come to take over and rule a physical kingdom on earth, and James wanted to rule with Him. THAT’S ambition. And who can blame him, really. From his perspective it was a solid plan, until Jesus died.

Then came the resurrection, and everything changed.

Until that time, James’ ambition was for himself, for his own glory. In a way, he wanted to build his own little kingdom, like most of us. But then came the resurrection, and with it understanding. And his ambition changed. He finally understood that his plan wasn’t God’s plan, that his dreams weren’t God’s dreams, and that his life was not his own. He spent his remaining days building God’s kingdom and trying to bring God glory. He became ambitious for God.  In the end, he was so committed to a cause that was not his own that he became the first disciple to surrender his life for Christ. (Acts 12:1-2)

Before the resurrection. After the resurrection. One man, two completely different agendas. Which one are you?

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