"For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind."
As an athlete, a healthy sense of ambition and competition is very good. As a follower of Jesus, however... not so much. Actually, says the author of James, it's "selfish ambition" and "envy" that leads to trouble for believers.
- Selfish ambition... aka "Looking out for No.1!" This mindset puts ourselves ahead of everyone else. It only desires "what's best for me," without regard to the impact it has on others.
- Envy... Wanting what someone else has (or has been given by God). This isn't just materialistic desires either (envying another's car, home video system, house, gaming console, etc.)... we fall into other cases of envy - including in the ministry.