Paul issues this challenge to every Christ-follower:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” — Philippians 2:4-5
Not all ambition is bad. There is nothing wrong with aspiring to be a better husband or father. It’s perfectly fine to desire to memorize more of God’s Word or to spend additional time in prayer. Ambition, when properly directed, is a good thing.
But when it’s not a God thing, it’s not a good thing.
In other words, whenever we pursue something for our own glory or recognition, we are robbing God of what is rightfully due him. This is why Paul speaks so directly — do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. There is never an appropriate time to exalt ourselves over God.
Whenever you find yourself wanting to take credit that belongs to God, hit the pause button and retreat fast!