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Of course, ambition isn’t always a good thing is it.?.  King Herod’s ambition certainly appears very good as we see in Luke 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” But what did Herod do?  We go on to see in the next verse, "Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared."  Why had Herod secretly called back the wise men after learning about this king who was just born?  Ambition! 

Matthew 2:12 And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, they (the wise men) departed for their own country by another way.  …16-18 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more."

Horrible, this genocide!  Outrageous, this holocaust of human life!   How appalled we are at such behavior committed so selfishly then!   How similar we see in such behavior at the lives of millions upon millions more of unborn children today!  Such behavior, in either case, is the result of ambition. You and I may say “No, but rather a lack of ambition to do what is right!”  Truly this is the very same selfish sinful ambition of any individual who regardless of the decision, places one’s own goals, own plans, own desires above the plans and Word of the Almighty God.  

What an amazing contrast between the ambition of the wise men and King Herod!  This contrast is the same contrast our Lord God looks for in each one of us.  The contrast between His true followers, and the rest of the world!  Ambition for God is one that seeks after His Word, His Wisdom, and His Will.  It is an ambition that searches for that Morning Star, Jesus Christ, every morning.  It is an ambition that doesn’t seek one’s selfish gain or prideful throne, but admits ones wrong, guilt, humility, and need for a Savior from all of our selfish ambitions each day.  To simply put it, the Christian ambition follows Christ… and looks for more and more ways to find, follow, and fall down to worship Him!

 

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