Psalm 107:9; Psalm 63:5
Introduction: Is it possible to be completely satisfied in this/our lifetime?
What are the challenges? Let me address two matters; covetousness and greed.
- A philosopher once said, ‘To whom little is not enough, nothing is enough’.
- Covetousness has an appetite that is never satisfied
- Covetousness may involve money and possessions, but may also include influence, power, fame, appearance, etc.
Exodus 20:17 commands us not to covet.
- Wanting something that someone else has that you do not have, and you have no legitimate, lawful reason to shave what they have. (Stealing)
- Because you do not have it, your happiness is hindered.
- The ‘spirit’ of covetousness says that you must have the thing in order to be happy, and you are not satisfied with what you have.
Here is a critical key: This commandment in Exodus 20:17 is different from the other nine commandments in that it deals not with what we do but with what we are.
- It deals with attitude not action.
- It deals with desire not deeds.
- This commandment rightly sums up the others because it shows what is in our hearts.
Greed is similar to covetousness. It is a desire to have and desire as much as possible.
Application: Sermon, ‘When Greed becomes God.’ Col. 3:5
Paul tells the Colossians that ‘they must put to death their sinful nature with regard to “greed, which amounts to idolatry” (Col. 3:5).
If greed was a problem for them in that culture, then surely, we who live in this prosperous nation, must come to grips with greed.
C. Jealousy jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, , or against another’ssuccess or advantage itself.
Transition: So, what is the key to contentment? What are the opportunities?
I. A Proper Perspective – (Must be Biblical)
Hebrews 13:5, ‘Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He, Himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”’
M.H. ‘I propose to you that the only way to be truly satisfied and content is by understanding the Bible and of the God of the Bible’.
Transition: not only do we need a proper perspective, but we also need a Proper Practice
II. Proper Practice
- Gratefulness/ Thanksgiving
Role of Gratefulness / Thanksgiving
M.H. One of the simple philosophies that I try to live by is that, ‘Others may have it better than I do, but there are also others who have it much worse’.
My reality is that I am incredibly rich! Blessed by God!
- reminds us of what we do have
- precludes us from arrogance / pride
- Creates a trust in the God we serve
- Trust and Reliance
- Delivers us from self-reliance/pride
- Keeps us connected to the ‘All Sufficient One’
Conclusion: Satisfaction. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones right, ‘I can’t get no…satisfaction’!
To what degree we are ever satisfied really is a matter of how we see, understand and appreciate our status believing that God is ultimately our source and redeemer.
‘I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little’. (NLT)