May 27, 1984
Healthy ambition is not wrong, but worldly ambition puts people in the center of reality instead of God and stems from pride. Such pride diminishes God and trusts in its own power. It is at the root of Adam and Eve’s first sin and the hypocrisy that Jesus preached against in the religious leaders of His day. Its cure? We need to see ourselves rightly before God, understanding that it is only through His power that we can accomplish anything good.
9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed1 thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
18Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Copyright © 2021, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.