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The World is Yours: Ambition, Priorities and Jesus Christ
“Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours, And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's (1 Corinthians 3:22-23).”
To be sure, there are at least two “wills” in this world: God’s will (Romans 12:2) and our will. King David reminds us that “the steps of a good person are ordered by God (Psalm 37:23).” Also, Jesus’ first commandment states that we should love “God with all our heart and with all our soul and with our entire mind (Matthew 22:37).” Therefore, it is safe to conclude that, for the Christian, God’s will for our lives should supersede or “come before” our individual will. I am reminded of a popular Christian billboard that I saw hanging above an interstate which read: “I am second.” It is understood that “God is first.”
As we follow God’s will for our lives (e.g., feeding those who are hungry), we have the ability to make individual choices and still remain in accord with God’s will. For example, we can choose to wear black socks or green socks to bible study. I don’t think that God cares about the color of our socks as we study God’s word! As we make our individual choices, God provides us with a unique opportunity to ambitious. For example, we may become influential leaders in our churches, schools and families. Our businesses may have customers in the city, the nation and throughout the world. Our talents (e.g., singing, dancing, drawing, speaking and playing sports) may encourage the young and the elderly, the affluent and the impoverished, Americans and people of other countries. Both Jesus and Paul confirm that there is room for the ambition Christian in this world. In 1 Corinthians 3:23, Paul tells the congregants of the churches in Corinth that the “the world…is yours….” However, Paul also says that “you are Christ’s and Christ belongs to God.”
King David tells us in Psalms 37:3: “Trust in the Lord and do good….” The world needs ambitions Christians who want to influence it for the good. As we strive to influence our families, our fraternities and sororities, our churches, our business partners and customers, our city, our nation and our world, let’s us work diligently to ensure that our will remains in accord with God’s will. The stories we tell, the actions we perform, the tasks we accomplish should always be a reflection of God presence and influence in our lives. Our success, in God’s eyes, hinges upon our ability to maintain our priorities: God is first we are second. The world is indeed ours, but, we are Christ’s and Christ belongs to God.