Ambition vs. Self-promotion
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
Another GREAT “grey” leadership issue is finding the balance between ambition and self-promotion, especially as church leaders.
In our ambition we pursue the dreams that God has laid on our hearts. I believe that God expects action, intention and drive from us. He doesn’t want us to be passive and lazy. He’s chosen us for the greatest calling we could ever have – to make His name known in all the world.
However, when does our ambition cross the line and become self-promotion?
When does chasing our God-given dreams and passion become a chance to make our name known rather than His name known?
Do you know when you’ve become more concerned about others knowing you rather than others knowing Him?
That line gets really fuzzy. Most times we don’t know we’ve crossed it until well after we have and we have trouble looking back and finding the step that took us over the edge.
Do you ever wrestle with this?
If so, how do you keep yourself in check? Who holds you accountable? Who speaks truth into your life?
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, three you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16