Harvey, Dave. Foreword by C. J. Mahaney. Rescuing Ambition. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. 224 Pages. Paper. $14.99. www.crossway.org (LHP)
Many think of ambition as nothing more than the drive for personal honor or fame. As a result, ambition—the God-implanted drive to improve, produce, develop, and create—is neglected and well on its way to paralysis.
Christ crucified is the message of the Holy Bible. It doesn't sound very ambitious. It looks like a defeat. Yet, it was the greatest victory in all of history. "God was most glorified when the Lord of glory was crucified on a cross" (25). He came to serve, not to be served.
The author leads the reader from law to Gospel, finding the expression of a Biblical faith in a godly ambition that is content, humble, and mission-minded. Readers are encouraged to love the Church that Jesus loves (161, reproduced below).
Sound familiar? Fellow Lutherans, don't be so surprised. Be surprised in a good way be concluding statements like: "God loves us too much to allow us to settle for self."