Consider the powerful declaration of Jesus to Peter as a glimpse at Christ’s ambition:
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. ~Matthew 16:13-18 esv
Jesus does not stop at the conversion of men. He aims to call men out of the world to Himself (“church” comes from the Greek world for ‘called-out-ones’), and build them up. It is His ambition to build the church — and He will work to that end, and nothing will stand in His way.
Do you share this ambition??