Do you have ambition?

So there’s this married couple in the United States. They started out in life okay, and over time they became more and more successful, especially financially.

When they were first married, they started out in a beautiful 4,000 square foot luxury home. Nothing wrong with that, it’s not a sin to have a gorgeous home.

As they got richer though, they kept upgrading their house and their luxuries. 5,000 square feet. 10,000 square feet, eventually 26,000 square feet. A few years ago they decided to build one of the largest and most opulent houses in the world. The house is still under construction. It’s over 90,000 square feet. To give you a better picture, that’s almost the size of your average Wal Mart.

The house, when fully completed will have 4-6 swimming pools, 30 bathrooms, and 20 car garage. A 2 story wine cellar, 3 indoor spas, 80ft waterfall, fitness center, a 2-lane bowling alley, an indoor roller-skating rink, video arcade, and 2 movie theatres. One for children and another for adults. It also has living quarters for their staff of 30 who will cook, clean and maintain the house. The house also has 11 kitchens.

The house’s cost will exceed $100,000,000 and it’s still not the most expensive house in the world.

Part way through construction of the house the couple almost went broke, and they had to stop construction. A few years ago however they became richer than ever before and are now completing the house. This couple has ambition.

How does their ambition compare to yours? It’s very clear that they are wasting their life and resources, but what about you? Are you any different from them?

Most Canadian Christians are actually just like this couple. We have a lot already, we want more. We get more, we want more than that. It’s never enough. We get more money, we don’t increase our giving we just spend more money on our self. And we always have a reason to justify our behavior. We always have an excuse.
We all want to succeed in life and have more money and reach our goals. There’s no sin in that. But why exactly do you want all that extra? What are you doing with the money you have now? Can God trust you with what you’ve got now and if He can’t, why should He trust you with more?

James 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.