Summary: We may be lulled to sleep and even to spiritual death by self-satisfaction.
One of the greatest problems facing the Church, today, is
that far too many of us are comfortable.
A. If a person is satisfied, there is no challenge or
drive to go any further or do any more.
1. This satisfaction can show itself in many
areas....in almost all but one, it is not good.
a. It’s O.K. to be satisfied with what God’s
will is for us.
1.) This is the only one that is good.
Psalm 63:3-8 - 3 Because Your lovingkindness
is better than life, My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift
up my hands in Your name. 5 My soul shall
be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And
my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
6 When I remember You on my bed, I
meditate on You in the night watches. 7
Because You have been my help, Therefore
in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.
2. Some are satisfied with where the local
a. In number and in spiritual strength.
1.) As a matter of fact, they might
worry if the congregation became
a little too “radically involved”.
a.) It would force them to go
beyond where they are,
spiritually.....and I just told
WHERE THEY ARE...
3. Some are satisfied that they are doing enough
for the Kingdom.
a. This is amazing.....especially when we
see that their.....”enough”.....really comes
to the fact that they do NOTHING for
the Kingdom of God.
4. Then there are those who think that they
hold the things of God in a high priority.
a. They are satisfied with the duration and
the frequency, as well as the quality of
their prayer life.
b. They study the Bible enough.
c. They meditate on the things of God.......
once a week........around the Lord’s
As a matter of fact, they may be satisfied with everything
and everyone.........EXCEPT GOD!
A. Being satisfied is a very dangerous thing.....
especially when it comes to the things of God.
This morning I preached a message which should have
been a challenge to everybody......including myself.
A. This is what we assume, anyway.........but such
may not be the case.
1. Sometimes people don’t feel properly
challenged by the preaching......they may
not feel challenged because they are satisfied
with things as they are.
a. Are you satisfied with things the way
I. Are we, individually, satisfied with our diligence.....with
the demonstrated dedication and actual work that we do
in the Church?
A. There are many things that need to be done and
demand our attention.
1. Door-to-door calling cannot be completed
by one man or even three or four men.
a. Each one of us needs to take this
1.) We cannot be satisfied if we never
a.) Do we understand........not
doing something can never be
construed as ACTUALLY
2. Teaching the young people’s classes and the
adult classes needs to happen.
a. I have seen that some people are quite
satisfied with letting, “George do it”.
1.) It may not be our favorite pastime...
perhaps we are very busy and it’s
hard to squeeze in the time to
prepare a class...........but does that
mean that the burden should fall
on the backs of only a few?
a.) Can we be satisfied with what
we are doing to help
to spiritually feed the
immature.......if this is the
case, it is quite possible that
we ARE the spiritually
Heb. 5:12-14 - 12For though by this time you ought to be
teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first
principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to
need milk and not solid food. 13For everyone who partakes
only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for
he is a babe. 14But solid food belongs to those who are of
full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their
senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
3. The Church will always have with it, the
sick....the shut in’s......the ag-ed......those
in hospitals........those in nursing homes.....
a. Are we satisfied with how we are
showing our care and concern for these
1.) How can doing little or nothing
for these folks satisfy us as
showing genuine care and
Matt. 25:41-46 - 41“Then He will also say to those on the
left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting
fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42‘for I was
hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you
gave Me no drink; 43‘I was a stranger and you did not take