The difference between ＂satisfaction＂ and ＂compassion＂Sermon
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《太 5:48;腓 4:11, 3:12-16"
Sometimes, when I hear people say to me, "I am good with God, I am satisfied with the status quo", I can't help but feel a little worried. Because often "satisfaction" & rdquo; "self-satisfaction" is just a line difference. We tell ourselves that we are content in Christ, but if we are not careful, we will become complacent and stagnate, not pursuing perfection, exactly like our Father, Matthew 5:48. Although we can't be perfect in the flesh, we can at least pursue perfection.
1. "Satisfaction" "Compatibility"
In fact, contentment and complacency contain the meaning of “satisfaction”, but complacency still has an ignorance of “lack and danger”. Therefore, complacent people are satisfied with existing achievements, but they do not see the need to continue to progress. Moreover, complacent people often love to exalt themselves and think that their achievements today are brought by themselves. And contented people are not only grateful to God, but also often pursue the progress and sanctification of perfection in the Lord. A contented person will be graced by grace, but a complacent person will slowly fail.
2. Problems and dangers of complacency.
1) Complacent people can easily become cold and hot in their faith.
A complacent believer can easily find an excuse to say that he does not need to read the Bible and be alone with God. He may even feel that there is no need to pray. Because complacency can make people fall into the illusion that they are okay. Ladies and gentlemen, this is very dangerous. No matter how much a believer who used to be graceful, once he stopped relying on God to be comfortable, it was the beginning of his fall and disaster.
2) Complacency will make people not seek progress.
Some people also startedXu is a good starting point, that is, to satisfy all things in Christ, but if you are not careful, you will find yourself satisfied with the secondary, but not for the good spiritual blessings. In fact, complacency and laziness are closely related. Once a person is complacent, he does not want to do anything, and he thinks that there is nothing to improve. Especially when people's needs have been met, for example: have a good job, have a happy family, the economy is OK, he does not want to control anything, do not want to check God's call and mission on him, I don't want to equip myself in God's Word, I don't want to practice godliness, I don't want to participate in the ministry of God's kingdom, and so on. Then, just want to stay in a comfortable zone, completely do not care about the growth of their own spirituality, only to give the most basic to God, such as: to worship the church on Sunday, and occasionally give a little, it is satisfied with this.
3) Complacency and pride are also inseparable.
A contented person will say: “I am very grateful to all of you”; but complacent people will say: “I am so great, and I am doing better than others!” & rdquo; This latter has a proud taste. When a person is complacent and proud, he resists the idea of new ideas, but only based on his own experience and knowledge. We all know the danger of pride. It will cause blind spots, thinking that we are right, super strong and invincible. If we don't realize that there is a need to guard against it, the result will fall and fall.
3. A graceful person is contented but not complacent.
We know that the contentment of a sinner is to satisfy God alone and whatever is the condition. However, contentment does not mean that change and progress are not sought. Those who are content with the Lord are still pursuing the perfection of sanctification. As Paul, we know that he is a person who is content in any situation, "腓 4:11", but he is also a person who is striving for it. He is in "Phil. 3:12-16". This is not to say that I have already got it. It is already complete. I am trying my best, or I can get Christ Jesus and get me. Brethren, I don't think I've got it. I only have one thing, that is, forget the back, work hard, and go straight to the mark, to get the reward that God has called me from above in Christ Jesus. Therefore, if there is a perfect person among us, there must always be such a heart; if there is something else in the matter, God will show you this.. However, when we get to where we are, we should walk as we walk. Ladies and gentlemen, how can we be content but not complacent? Paul's secret is "toward the benchmark". Our lives are benchmarked. Before we left the world, this benchmark has not yet been reached. Whether this benchmark is to restore the glory of Christ, or to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth, we still have a considerable distance from that goal, so we continue to “before our efforts”. Of course, a contented person will certainly be grateful for his past and present, because he is content with the assurance that God's leadership is error-free, so he has nothing to complain about. But no matter how much or how successful we have been before, we still have to “get behind the rdquo;, not to meet the previous results. When we saw that we were still not complete, we also knew that we had not gotten rid of it. We didn’t dare to be complacent. We must examine ourselves. If we say that we are content but not complacent, do we pursue spiritual growth? If there is a pursuit, is our spiritual state today better than in previous years? Indeed, God is hoping that we can content ourselves and be satisfied with the rich blessings that God has given us, but God also hopes that we will continue to be hungry and thirsty, eager to be close to Him, more like Him, and more to live for Him.
Ladies and gentlemen, our enemy Satan is very packaged, and sometimes it is difficult for us to distinguish what is complacency and what is contentment, because Satan often packs our “self-sufficiency” into “&” Satisfied & rdquo;. Therefore, we must be cautious, do not carelessly from the "contentment" to the "self-satisfaction" realm. In fact, as long as we have a keen sense of the traces of "self-satisfaction", we can naturally prevent ourselves from falling into the trap. May God help us to be like Paul, both contented and uncomfortable.
This article from the "Singapore Life Church of Christ" Sina blog, author: Lin Huijun