Philippians 3:12-16

By Will Walker

Everybody is living for something. Our passion for education, family, entrepreneurship, fitness, and fun are all fueled by our ambition to attain the life we want. It is possible to be ambitious for the wrong things, and for all the wrong reasons. We see this in the first part of Philippians 3 when Paul says he considers all his achievements “as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ.” But then a few verses later, Paul says he is “straining forward” and “pressing on toward the goal.” He is full of drive and focus. So what is the place of ambition in the life of a Christian? In these verses, Paul is tapping into the innate sense of purpose and longing in each of us. It’s not less ambition that we need, but more. The real issue is where it is aimed. Join us this Sunday to explore what Paul has to say about spiritual ambition as we continue our study of Philippians.