Being satisfied is a dangerous thing. So is being dissatisfied. Satisfaction can lead to complacency; dissatisfaction can lead to frustration. But satisfaction can also lead to a sense of peace and dissatisfaction can push us to attempt greater things.
So how do you know when to be satisfied and when to be dissatisfied?
That’s a personal call that will differ by individual and circumstances.
As far as the Christian life goes there is a danger in ever being satisfied. As long as we are on this earth there will always be room for improvement. When we stop growing spiritually we become spiritually stagnate. There should always be a nagging sense of dissatisfaction somewhere deep within us.
If there isn’t, something is wrong.
The Apostle Paul expressed his dissatisfaction with this life and all that it had to offer and a longing for something better.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Romans 12:24
We ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:23
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Philippians 3:10-12
Christians should never be satisfied with lingering sin; never satisfied with our level of love for Christ, our spiritual growth, our commitment, or our service; never satisfied with this life or what the world has to offer us.
In fact there should be a high level of dissatisfaction. Don’t be satisfied to be who you are. Until we see Him we are incomplete, imperfect, unfinished as it were.
But there should also be a certain satisfaction that we have because of Jesus.
We should be satisfied in His love; we should be satisfied with who we are in Him; we should be satisfied with what He is doing in our lives; we should be satisfied in the prospects of eternity with Him.
In short, we should be satisfied in Jesus. Totally, completely.
On that day when we stand before Him we will be like Him (1 John 3:2), finally complete. Finally satisfied.
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