The Bible presents an interesting parable in Luke 12:16-21. It is a parable about becoming satisfied.
Satisfaction is a very dangerous condition. You can look at it two ways – first, we can talk about material satisfaction. That’s dangerous because when you’re materially satisfied we lose our desire for more. When the salary is good and the perks are good and the position is comfortable, why risk it?
You see, we are willing to take chances when there is nothing to risk. But once we have something to risk we’re less willing to take that chance. We become satisfied, and we settle into our little niche, and we’re comfortable, and we will never become what we had the potential to become.
But that’s becoming materially satisfied. Secondly, let’s talk about becoming spiritually satisfied. It is not dangerous — it’s fatal! Look at the Scriptures. This is a farmer here, and he’s had a bumper crop. Can you hear him? “My barns are full and I have more crops than I know what to do with. I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll be satisfied!”
The first thing he said he would do once he was satisfied was to quit! Here was a hardworking man. You could see him out in his field, in his coveralls, working on his tractor. He works hard from sun-up to sundown. And he does this six maybe seven days a week. Yet, now that he’s satisfied everything changes. He says, “I’ll eat, drink, and be merry, and I’ll enjoy a life of satisfaction.”
It is very dangerous to wake up one day and say, “You know spiritually I’ve arrived. I have all of God that I need. I’ve been on the Church Board, or a Deacon, I’ve taught Sunday School classes, why I could teach the teachers a thing or two. My goodness, if the pastor would only listen to me he’d get along a lot better, and so would I — because I have arrived.”
I want to share with you three simple statements. Three simple truths about the dangers of becoming satisfied:
1). Becoming satisfied will cause you to forget God.
2). Becoming satisfied will cause you to lose God’s power in your life.
3). Becoming satisfied will cause you to lose your desire for more of God.
As I walk around the greater Logan area I am wondering if we have become satisfied. Are we satisfied with the lack of jobs? Are we satisfied with “for rent” or “for sale” signs in most of the store windows? Are we satisfied with the drug abuse? Or even worse, are we satisfied with the spiritual condition of our communities?
There is only one answer to the problem of satisfaction — spiritual renewal! Let us join together in prayer asking God to bring revival to our city!
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Dr. John Anderson PhD is pastor of the Logan Church of the Nazarene and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.