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Chapter 15 - Ambition Beyond Money

'Riches' can refer to things other than money. Those who seek fame, power, position, or influence also are subject to the deceitful influences of their ambitions. Similar to how romance might metastasize into stalking, self-seeking ambition can wreck a life even if greed per se is not a major component.

But for those who are self-seeking and self-willed and disobedient to the Truth but responsive to wickedness, there will be indignation and wrath. - Romans 2:8 AMP

Those who turn away from God make themselves into a sort of mini gods and seek to honor each other rather than God.

How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? - John 5:44

One of the reasons we have the Old Testament recorded for us is that we can be presented with a rather lengthy history illustrating what happens when people turn away from God.

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. - 1 Corinthians 10:4-14

The bible equates covetousness (including greed) with idolatry. It can be difficult for a Christian to recognize to what extent his ambitions have carried him from his Savior.

Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. - John 12:42-43

The Christian is well advised to follow the advice given to Timothy and renounce those inclinations we have that elevate self and carry us far from God.

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. - 2 Timothy 2:22


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