Can Ambition Become A Sin?


I have always been surrounded by hustlers. Not drug dealers LOL but people who knew how to work for what they had. Take my father for example (Bishop Victor T. Curry). He is literally one of the hardest working people I know. He has always either been in school, pastoring two churches at the same time, to leading and organizing marches and rallies, hosting a radio show, to running several businesses and managing a staff of over 75 employees. The man works hard and even after suffering a major stroke still continues to work. Then my mom (Elder Cynthia Curry), has never been lazy. I remember as a kid going to college with her three days a week. Her getting up at 5:30 every morning to cook dinner so when we got home all we had to do was warm it up. She would take us to school, go to work, pick us up from school on her lunch break, go back to work come home, entertain our foolishness (we were a bit rambunctious) and complete her school work. Right now she is back in school and working full time. Oh lets not forget, she is a phenomenal Sunday School teacher. 

So all I have ever seen were people around me hustling. Both of my parents are ambitious in nature. Always striving to obtain a better life. So of course naturally I fell right into their footsteps. I am always thinking about the next step. The next move. The next level of influence or impact I can have in my community. I’m constantly reading, researching , going to conferences, taking online courses, etc. However, lately I’ve had to STOP in my tracks and sit and think; Can my ambition be a sin? 

Webster defines the word ambition as a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. 

Is there anything wrong with wanting to achieve something great? I don’t think so, however I do think that being too ambitious can cause you to move out of the will of God and that is sinful. 

One night while taking a shower (He speaks often while I’m showering). God said when was the last time, all you desired was to just sit in MY presence? OUCH!

I quickly responded with: “BUT GOD, you see I’m trying to build the Kingdom, I am teaching people Your word. I am sharing the gospel.” God said so clearly: “That is good but your ambition is pulling you further and further away from ME! I put the desire in your heart and I am in charge of ordering your steps.” 

It was in that moment after picking my face up off the floor that I repented. I asked God to forgive me for putting the work  before my worship. 

I realized in that moment that all of my HELP and DESIRES needed to be filtered through the leading and guiding of Holy Spirit. 

My prayer is now: Lord, in good times and bad times, on mediocre days and exhilarating days, my posture before you Lord is You are in charge and I have no success other than what YOU help me to achieve. I trust you to order my steps and I will worship you while I work. 

I believe that this is the true attitude we all need to seek.

We need to focus our hearts and minds on God and just do our best here in this life to glorify him. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says 31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

We have to make sure that everything we pursue brings glory to God believing that God rewards those who love him and seek him earnestly as written in Proverbs 28:20  The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.

My job now is to understand that my ambition must be fueled by my desire to please God and not to just make be rich or famous. Ultimately, we need do the work that God has given us to do here on Earth and focus our hearts and minds on him.

I believe this mindset must be adopted in order to be led to true success without putting ambition as a “second master”.

I have committed to spending more time resting in His presence and less time being busy pursuing my desires with hard work. Not moving ahead of God because I think things are moving too slow. Taking my time to seek Him for the next step. My parents taught me and instilled in me a great work ethic and I’m grateful for that, but I refuse to be too busy and miss God! I wont allow my ambition to turn into sin. 


Victoria Curry Hicks






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