Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
After practicing what it means to be poor in spirit, mourning, and embracing meekness, you are pretty much filleted. You are ready for anything that will fill you up. Today we look at: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” This is SECRET #10: The follower of Jesus hungers and thirsts to walk the walk of the Master.
NOTE the strong terms here-hunger and thirst, not simply desiring something or making it a high priority. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness is a refocusing of your heart. To refocus your heart is to develop a passion for filling up the hole in your soul. Everybody is passionately seeking inner satisfaction.
“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, whether Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish or even Christian. All of these 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. This sort of relationship is not a plan for avoiding hell, but it says “I’ve been to hell and don’t want to return.”
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? Practice hungering and thirsting for Jesus. When you hunger and thirst for something, then you want it and will do most anything to satisfy these desires. 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!
Maybe you need to ask the simple question: “Jesus, what do you have for me to do today?” Believe me, that simple question will refocus your heart. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” The follower of Jesus hungers and thirsts to walk the walk of the Master.