“And thus, I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation” (Romans 15:20).
There was a westward movement of the gospel because of this holy “ambition” that propelled Paul. As He left the elders from Ephesus, he was even warned by the Holy Spirit not to go as he planned to Jerusalem because of the dangers to his life (Acts 21:11-12). Then he answered them, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? (13). The ‘warning’ was not like the “forbidden by the Holy Spirit” in Acts 16:6.
The ambition of Paul’s heart was so strong that nothing could possibly stop this servant from his goal. Remember, he told those in Ephesus, “after I have been there (Jerusalem), I must also see Rome” (19:21). The work in Asia Minor was finished as far as Paul was concerned (Romans 15:23). Then he writes the believers in Rome; “I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain” (15:24). His heart and ambition kept pushing this beloved servant westward with the gospel. He never thought Rome would be his final destination.
Do we have a “Holy Ambition” as John Piper calls it, that drives every ounce of energy, every plan, no matter what the objections and obstacles are? Paul would not turn from this ambition until it was fulfilled. It is no wonder he accomplished so much in his short missionary work of about 10 years. Let us take this challenge very personally. If our ambitions are earth bound, they will never accomplish heavens goals.
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