What is your greatest ambition? What goal do you so want to achieve that just thinking about it burns calories?
Do you think that ambition is yours alone, or does it feel so instinctive that surely it must be universal?
On the day I started following Jesus, an ambition was ignited in my heart that has burned so hot ever since I have never second-guessed my assumption that it is a holy fire, kindled by the Spirit of God in in every Christian's heart. It is the ambition to make a difference in my generation. I want to help change the world for the better before I leave it. But doesn't everybody?
I'm not so sure any more. I have met a good many Christians who don't seem to be as interested in making an unerasable mark as I am. What's wrong with them? Have their dreams turn cold and gray, or is it possible that they have never gotten heartburn wondering if they are making a difference?
Or—and I admit that this came to me only recently—am I the one with the problem? Is it possible that the desire to change the world is not necessarily a holy one? Could it be a selfish ambition? This looping soundtrack that plays in my head—How can I maximize my impact for Christ? How does God want to use me?—it doesn't harmonize very well with the words of Jesus: "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all" (Mark 10:43-44).
A great person, in the eyes of Christ, is someone who is so others-centered, so self-forgetful, that the question that might burn hot in their heart is, How can I help others be used by God like no one else? Maybe the genesis of true greatness is the realization that it's not about me. Maybe the way God measures the impact of my life is not by the mark I make, but by how selflessly I help others maximize their world-changing potential.
I'm a slow learner.