Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
We come now to the 4th snapshot of a happy, Kingdom dweller. The first three snapshots speak of where you lack—POOR IN SPIRIT, MOURN, & MEEKNESS. In some ways, they’re not very uplifting. This makes you ready for anything that will fill you up. This is precisely what the 4th snapshot will do. Check it out!
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6) NOTE the strong terms here—hunger and thirst, not simply desiring something or making it a high priority. This is desperation—the kind of desperation that has a full understanding of its need for God, a desperate kind of mourning and an attitude of meekness. At this point of desperation you are ready for hungering and thirsting for righteousness—for anything that is right and pure and good. It’s a refocusing of your heart to develop a passion for filling up the hole in your soul.
“Righteousness” is right living. It’s walking consistently with God’s standard. Jesus was the Righteous One Who walked most consistently with God’s standard. In a very real sense, there is no other standard in the world. God’s standard for living life is the only one you were created to follow. All other standards are not standards at all, but scattered attempts to live life without God. Many of these attempts are couched in what we know as RELIGION—religious systems of do’s and don’ts to attain some level of approval by God—to reach some heavenly state and to avoid going to hell.
Hungering and thirsting for righteousness has nothing to do with a religious system. All religious persuasions are cultural in nature and each one can find its meaning and highest desires in the person of Jesus. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness rests in a personal relationship with the Righteous One—Jesus, himself.
NOTE what happens if you hunger and thirst this way: “for they who hunger and thirst for the Righteous One will be satisfied.” The term “satisfied” is used to describe the fattening up of cattle—to fill them up so that they have no more wants. Do you want to find satisfaction in your soul? Learn to practice hungering and thirsting for Jesus everyday!
It’s only when sensing your emptiness of the first three snapshots that you have access to spiritual fullness. These are the quiet cravings—the hungering and thirsting—for spiritual things, for the inner satisfaction of your soul! Hungering and thirsting is not simply making it a higher priority or something you feel you really ought to do, but to hunger and thirst as if this is a life-sustenance issue AND IT IS.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”