Anything Else Is Surplus
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. People look to God and want, want, want (Psalms 106:4-15).
1. It is forgotten that we exist to serve God, not the other way around (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 and Revelation 4:11).
2. The lack of satisfaction in the lives of many exists because they’re not following the role of being a servant to God (Proverbs 19:23).
B. God’s not going to ever give you your carnal desires (James 4:3).
1. Covetousness is idolatry (Ephesians 5:5 and Colossians 3:5).
2. We’re not supposed to be a covetous people (Proverbs 15:27, Luke 12:15, and Romans 13:9).
3. If Christians had it good in this life two things would surely occur:
a. Everyone would want to be a Christian to have the “good life” [false teachers today teach the prosperity doctrine knowing this] (II Peter 2:17-19).
b. If the “good life” were now, we’d never want to leave it behind for Heaven (Psalms 49:6-11 and Luke 12:15-21).
II. Body: We have to realize that we have enough already and anything else is just surplus (Philippians 4:11-12).
A. We should all realize that we are abundantly blessed (Psalms 68:19).
1. There is no way you could number a list of all that God does and has done for you and I (Psalms 40:5).
2. In both carnal and spiritual terms [spiritual alone applies to Christians], who created you (Genesis 1:27, Psalms 100:3, and Ephesians 4:24)?
3. Without God, could you live on this earth (Job 5:8-10, Genesis 8:20-22, Isaiah 42:5, and Acts 14:17)?
4. Who gave you a way of salvation (Isaiah 45:22 and Titus 2:11)?
5. God’s blessings are primarily [not solely] spiritual (John 10:10), therefore we have to stop looking at God as our “Santa Claus” [false concept in itself]. We have to stop thinking carnally about what “blessings” are (Romans 8:4-8).
B. It’s enough! Be content (Psalms 37:16 and Hebrews 13:5).
1. Focus on spiritual things that will outlast this life (II Corinthians 4:18).
2. Instead of desiring more, start being thankful (Ephesians 5:20, Philippians 4:6, and I Thessalonians 5:17-18).
C. You have what you NEED (Ephesians 2:5 and I Timothy 6:8).
1. When you consider what some faithful lacked [carnally speaking], you realize how much surplus we have (Matthew 8:20, Luke 16:20-21, Acts 3:6, etc.).
2. We have transportation, entertainment, pillows, beds, clean water, etc.; which are all part of the surplus. *Properly placed in our lives, an abundance is not wrong (I Timothy 6:17-19).
3. Brethren are more than some have had at times (Mark 14:49-50 and II Timothy 4:16).
III. Conclusion: You cannot follow the Lord and expect Him to “give you the world” (Luke 9:23-25).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager