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sermonette: Spiritual Satisfaction

Rich Toward God
Martin G. Collins
Given 28-Sep-20; Sermon #1565s; 16 minutes

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When people are concerned about survival (as they naturally become when they fast), their minds become dull to covetousness. The Parable of the Rich Fool illustrates that, when one has all the material possessions he could want, he may still not be rich toward God—to the extent of abject spiritual poverty. Material possessions offer only a temporary happiness, while spiritual possessions offer permanent joy. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness (Matthew 5:6) offers satisfaction which lasts forever. God invites His called-out ones to partake of the Bread of Life and restrain the materialistic pulls of the world, which inexorably lead to addictive covetous. Wealth can provide a false sense of security but staking one's life on something which will disappear any moment is patently foolish. The love of money is a root of all evil, and covetousness, when coupled with competition, leads to separation from God. Spiritual enrichment is what matters to God. In order for offerings to be meaningful, they must consist of something we value.