Ambition is the Quest of Life

Ambition is the Quest of Life

Obviously, the root of the word question is the word quest.  I believe all of us are on a quest for knowledge and answers.  The more ambitious we are, the more we are willing to risk asking questions that can only be answered if we are intellectually honest.

Solomon asked the question, “What profit does man have left from all his toil at which he toils under the sun? Is life worth living?” Ecclesiastes 1:3 (AMP).  In answer to his question, “It is not the means that justifies the end.  It is the end that justifies the means.”  Solomon withheld no pleasure from himself.  After he explored all creation, acquired all the riches he could collect, and accomplished all he could imagine, the following statement reveals his final definition of the supreme ambition:

Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Practical Application and Assignments:

History records that Alexander, the Great cried because he had nothing left to conquer.  He had conquered the entire known world at that time.  Can you imagine a place where all roads lead to “nowhere?”   Someone said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”

  • Answer the following questions: What are your ambitions? How do they connect with God’s direction for your life?
  • Think about it: Solomon said. “… I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun, because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.” Ecclesiastes 2:18 In contrast, when your chief ambition in life is to pursue your eternal purpose, you will not only enjoy the journey, but experience true fulfillment when you arrive at your final destination. Godly ambitions make life worth living.

“A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God…To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness…”  Ecclesiastes 2:24, 26 (NIV)


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