Satisfied, by Mitch Davis (10/27/13)

October 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Sermons, Sermons on Materialism

Satisfied

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Our possessions, life-styles, and relationships clearly manifests that we are a people that are not satisfied… even as Christians who know better. So, what gives?

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Do You Want the Ends of the Earth or Heaven?

What is your goal in life? Do you want fame? Do you want to make amazing discoveries? Do you want money? Do you want power?

According to Proverbs 17:24, your goal in life is a great indicator regarding whether or not you are a fool. The verse says, “The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of the fool are on the ends of the earth” (ESV).

I can’t help but think of Alexander the Great. Here was a man with his eyes on the ends of the earth. He wanted to rule the world and he came pretty close to succeeding, closer than anyone else before him. However, he was a fool. Certainly, he is one of the few men remembered throughout history. His folly is not about military prowess, place in history, or worldly success. His folly is about his soul. What good did world conquest do him? Will being one of the greatest military victors of all time make his eternal damnation any more tolerable? He set his eyes on the ends of the earth, but he was a fool because he missed heaven.

I highly doubt any of us have our eyes set on being ruler of the known world.  Yet, do we make the same mistake? Is our biggest goal for the next year getting the promotion at work? Is our biggest goal increasing our portfolio? Is our biggest goal being famous or rich? If so, we may not be trying to conquer the world, but our eyes are set on the ends of the earth. We are looking for fulfillment and meaning from the earth and the things of the earth. If this is us, we are fools.

Instead of seeking these things, we need to seek wisdom. We need to seek true knowledge and proper application of it to life. It may be that because we are wise, God blesses us with material blessings. Then again, He may not. That is really up to Him. However, if we seek wisdom, we’ll gain eternity. Just as Alexander’s great success will not make his eternal damnation any more tolerable, we need to recognize that if we live out our days as struggling paupers but gain wisdom, it will not remotely mar our eternal bliss in heaven.

How do we start this journey toward wisdom and eternal joy? Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (ESV). Be discerning. Fear the Lord; get to know the Holy One. Maybe you won’t achieve the ends of the earth, but you will receive heaven. I think it’s worth it.

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Materialism in America

We are living in scary times. The economy in the United States is on life support. Banks are failing as seen in the “Great Depression” of the 1930’s. Since last November, the Stock Market has fallen over 3500 points, which represents millions of dollars Americans have lost. Thousands of Americans are losing their homes to foreclosures. To make matters worse, thousands of this country’s citizens are losing their jobs. The United States is at war with two different countries costing billions of dollars and the lives of many of our young men and women.

What possibly could have caused all this trouble for one of the richest countries in the world? The answer can be summarized in one word—Greed . Let me say that one more time—Greed . The business leaders and CEO’s of our large businesses used dishonest business practices to make more money. They really did not care who it hurt; the important thing was making more money.

The sad fact is Americans whether rich, middle class or poor have made Materialism their god. They have completely forsaken the teachings of God’s word in order to worship the god of wealth. This is why when wealth starts to fail they get so upset. Lets take a look at what God’s word says about those who love and worship money. l Timothy 6:10 says “For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows ” (KJV). The Bible goes on to say in Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourself treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal (KJV).

When Americans realize they can have wonderful peace in service to the Lord and laying up their treasures in Heaven, their agonizing over money and wealth will go away and peace will be restored in their lives.

 

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