What does it mean to be satisfied? Can we ever have enough of something? Think about the things in your life. What gives you the most, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance or benefit? Simply put what makes you happy? What would happen if you could have all of that you wanted, until you could be no fuller? Would it be enough. Love, money, health, sex, electronics, sports, shopping or even the perfect career. How about if you could have everything you desired right this instant? The biggest and the best. The most amazing family. That car. Love so intense that it brings you to your knees. Would that make you happy? Would that bring you joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance or even benefit? What is it that you desire or you beleive would satisfy you? Think on that for a moment, but do not dwell upon it.
Now consider this, it is gone. Everything you had. Your wife, she has passed or perhaps left you as your drive for love or sex has destroyed your relationship. Your kids no longer need you or want you. Your career, you were fired or just at an age where you need to retire. Your health is now fading as you discovered you now have an incurable illness. The stock market collapsed or you just spent frivolously. Those things you purchased, your home, car, computer, TV, shoes, clothing, whatever it is. It is all breaking before your very eyes. All that brought you joy or what you thought was joy, but equated for happiness is gone. What now?
Are any of us exempt from any one of these scenarios playing out in our life? I was doing part of my bible study and was posed a question. In John: 90 Days With the Beloved Disciple, Beth Moore write’s “What would be different if you thought of grace as God’s favor looking for a place to happen”? Now consider this in light of statement from John Piper: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
C.S. Lewis wrote: “If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not to strong, but to weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far to easily pleased.
Now consider this passage in John 1:16,
“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace”
Is there one thing in your life today that you will have forever? Nothing can take it from you. What if we looking for the wrong answer, and the right answer is right in front of us, but we cannot see or choose to ignore it.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:12-14
Lets go back to John 1:16 and look at it in a different translation. The NIV states it like this:
“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”
This word blessing is the Greek word charis. It can be translated as grace. Charis is that which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance… a benefit. We as believers, out of God’s goodness and mercy have been given grace. Think on these thing
- We have all received grace.
- We have all received blessing.
- We have all received joy.
- We have all received pleasure.
- We have all received gratification.
- We have all received favor.
- We have all received acceptance.
- We have all received benefit.
Webster’s defines satisfaction a “fulfillment of a need or want; the quality or state of being satisfied : contentment or a source or means of enjoyment : gratification”.
What I find interesting is the subtleties of change in our society. There is no better place to see this, than in the meaning of words. When Noah Webster originally published the dictionary satisfaction had very different definition. “That state of the mind which results from the full gratification of desire; repose of mind or contentment with present possession and enjoyment. Sensual pleasure affords no permanent satisfaction”.
Can you see the difference? Today we live in a world of indulgence. Do what pleases us or gives us enjoyment. All of these things essentially are sensory in nature, sensual. What can we have in this life that will satisfy completely? When this definition was originally written, there was a focus not on the sensual, but rather on the internal. What is going in us. That is satisfaction, not what we can experience or obtain.
When John wrote this he was speaking of Christ’s coming. We behold the glory of God when we see Jesus. What can afford greater satisfaction than this? He was speaking of the grace of God looking for a place in our life. The physical manifestation of God, come to redeem his people. Christ laid down His life and did not live to the sensual but rather was satisfied to do the will of the Father. That is the mind of Christ and that is the mind we are to have. Choose this day who you will serve.
Father, I confess I am to easily pleased. My desire is my own, and I need the mind of the Christ. I want the mind of Christ. I desire to be satisfied in You. That in Your grace I would know the blessing of being Yours. Full of joy in You. Full of pleasure in You. Full of gratification in You. Full of favor in You. Full of acceptance in You. Full of benefit in You. In You alone may I be satisfied, may we be satisfied. That any truth contained herein would penetrate the heart and transform the mind and confirmed by Your Word and the Spirit of truth. And any untruth be cast aside and fall on deaf ears. For Your glory and Your purpose. In Jesus Name, amen.
God bless you,