by Ivor Powell

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The Savior and How to Grow in His Grace (34 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment from Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
2 Peter 3:18

Ambition is one of the most compelling forces in existence. Webster's Dictionary defines it as "An eager and sometimes inordinate desire for something, as preferment, honor, superiority, power, fame, wealth, etc. The desire to distinguish oneself in some way." It is the motivating force which ignores failure, overcomes weakness, and persists until a desired goal is reached. Ask an athlete about his ambition and he will probably express a desire to become the greatest in his profession. A politician wistfully dreams of becoming the president of his country. A young bank clerk may wish to become a successful financier. A medical student may want to become a famous surgeon with his own hospital. An old Christian was asked about his greatest desire, and after reflection, he replied, "I have three great yearnings: to be found in Christ, to be like Christ, and to be with Christ." Had he given greater consideration to the question, he might have added three others, for the Bible reveals six steps that lead to a golden throne.

Desiring Christ... Sincerity... An Undeniable Plea

"And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus" (John 12:20-21). Nothing of spiritual value can be done for anyone until he becomes aware of his need to meet Christ. God may supply a banquet, but if the guests refuse to eat what has been supplied, nothing more can be done. The Savior walked through the streets of Jericho, but if the blind beggar had remained silent, he would not have received sight. Multitudes of people attended the feast at Jerusalem, and many might have been interested in meeting Christ. The Greeks did not walk aimlessly around the streets; they found a man who could introduce them t ...

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