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What is Your Aim in Life?

Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in’: aim at Earth and you will get neither. C.S. Lewis. 

Seemingly, fewer and fewer people are heaven minded.  The more prosperous our nation has become, the more distant we are from God. When we were young, poor, and struggling, our faith base was strong.  Once we experienced the bounty of God’s blessings, like Israel, we became self-gratifying, self-absorbed, and self-focused.  God is neither sought or known by most of America’s citizens.  Our ambition to be wealthy has outstripped our desire to be Godly.

Ambition is a gilded misery, a secret poison, a hidden plague, the engineer of deceit, the mother of hypocrisy, the parent of envy, the original of vices, the moth of holiness, the blinder of hearts, turning medicines into maladies, and remedies into diseases.  Thomas Brooks.

Consider these verses from God’s Word… Luke 9:25  For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? Matthew 23:12 – Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.  Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  1 Timothy 6:9 – But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.  James 4:1-2 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

In 1904, William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, was received by King Edward VII of Great Britain, the first official recognition by a world leader of the importance of the then 39–year–old movement. When the King asked the General what his recreations were and to sign his autograph album, he wrote: “Some men’s ambition is art. Some men’s ambition is fame. Some men’s ambition is gold. My ambition is the souls of men.”

Booth, while both humbled and honored by the king’s acknowledgement, was true to his convictions. He told the sovereign of the ongoing work of the Army in 49 countries. The visit was to make an impact upon the Army and its place in the world, but also on the monarch. (Copied).

The Apostle Paul stated a similar ambition to that of General Booth…. Romans 15:20  – And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation.