Updated: Nov 12, 2021
As Christian, is it possible to have fame and fortune, yet still, be rooted in Christ?
Can I be the exception to the rule that “its hard for a rich man to get into heaven?”
I struggled with this because I wouldn’t mind being rich and famous, but I don’t want to miss out on heaven!
So, what does PROPER AMBITION actually look like?
Yes, rich business owners go to heaven all the time. The issue isn’t how much money we have, the test comes to where our heart is at.
Yesterday I talked about improper ambition and using my work as a means of making a name for myself. When the Babylonians tried to build their fame and fortune, God “scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city” (Genesis 11:8).
To God, the motives behind my ambition obviously matter a great deal.
The bible says:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23 NIV
1 Corinthian also echoes how our ambitions should be set:
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
Imagine a marketplace where people aren’t out for themselves and not using their creations to glorify themselves, but instead, they are laying their creations down as an offering of worship to God.
Godpreneurs are called to be ambitious, to work hard, and to be good stewards of the talents God has given us. But we are called to own businesses, not for our own glory, but to “do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
When our entrepreneurship is motivated by a desire to glorify God, serve others, and create products and services laid down as an offering to God, then we have the proper ambition to create with everything we’ve got.