Message From Matt | May 25, 2018

More than you Deserve?
 
A funny thing happened to me this morning that made me think about Sunday’s message topic and it had to do with my breakfast!  When I came to the kitchen, Bekah asked me “do you want oatmeal or eggs?”  I am not a huge fan of oatmeal unless it’s sweetened with some brown sugar, but since we are trying to eat healthier our substitute for the sugar is usually fruit or just having it plain…I chose the egg!  

She began to make it and I sat down at the dining room table to start to read.  In a couple of minutes,  Bekah brought the egg to me in a bowl with a napkin covering it!  I didn’t look into the bowl right away and just assumed that it was just an egg in the bowl.  I waited a couple of minutes to let it cool down before eating but once I took the napkin off, I was surprised to see that Bekah actually made more than an egg for me!  She included a couple sausage patties to go along with the egg!  The funny part of this is that I really was surprised and felt like I was in “sausage and egg heaven”!  Eggs are a good breakfast, but if eggs are the only thing on the menu, then I am not overly excited about it!  However, if you add sausage patties to it, then you have my attention!  

I know that it might seem a little silly to compare sausage and eggs to anything spiritual, but then again, maybe it’s not silly at all as God reveals truth to us in everyday ways if we are listening to Him.  It was after eating the breakfast that God gave me the thought that “He gives us better than what we deserve and oftentimes when we don’t expect it!”  After all, just getting up today is something that we don’t deserve but how often do we think of it that way?  Unfortunately, it is only at times when God gives us sausage to go with our eggs (more than we deserve) that we realize how blessed we are to have the God that we have! (see Ephesians 3:20)

Are you satisfied with God?

Even though God gives us more than we deserve, we oftentimes can be blinded to this truth and desire the things of this world more than godly things. If that is you right now, you are not alone!  There are many times all of us can be that way, but God is patient and instructs us in His way, to be satisfied with Him instead!  Hebrews 13:5 states, “Let your conversation be without covetousness: and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” 

The main point that I get out of this is that our way of life (conversation) should be one that is marked with satisfaction with God!  That He fulfills you!  That His Word fulfills you! That the Spirit fills you and you want more of Him! 

What happens when you desire more of Him?  You get more of Him!  

What happens when you have more of Him?  It changes everything in your life!

After reading the Hebrews passage, I could see that contentment/satisfaction in God really does affect everything and everyone around you:

  • It affects the church (Hebrews 13:1,7)
  • It affects strangers that you might meet (Hebrews 13:2)
  • It affects those in bad situations (Hebrews 13:3)
  • It affects your marriage (Hebrews 13:4)
  • It affects your faith (Hebrews 13:6)

Being satisfied with God really does affect every aspect of your life!  So the question is…are you satisfied with Him?  Is He your “all and all”?  If everyone is against you, but God is for you, is that enough?  

We learn contentment!

Paul says that we are to learn contentment…“ Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11).  How did Paul learn this?  By going through life with God always taking care of him.  He knew that no matter what situation would arise, that God would never leave him or forsake him!  Paul learned throughout His life that God is always with him!  It’s a promise and when Paul became weak, Christ was there to strengthen him (Philippians 4:13).
 
If you are not content today or if you are living in fear  – ask God to help you!  Remember all that He has done for you and have faith that He will see you through any problem in His time!  Your satisfaction in God really makes a difference in your daily walk – choose the abundant life that comes from Him!
 
Matt Roller