Most of us don’t know intense hunger or thirst. And we are quick to fill these needs soon after they arise.
Yet, even now as I write this, there are some whose tummies are swollen from hunger. Some who are so thirsty, they’d do about anything for a drink of water. (Less than a dollar a day………….)
Then there are some who daily walk miles to the local well to fill their pots with water.
These, know what it is like to hunger and thirst.
In the beatitudes, Jesus makes a statement that has intrigued me this past week.
He says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
As I have thought on this, I have had to honestly ask myself, what do I really hunger and thirst for? What things do I hunger and thirst for more than Christ? And I have prayed the Lord would fill me with a greater hunger/thirst for God and the things of God.
I was listening to a sermon the other day and the pastor spoke of Moses’ radiant face as he came down the mountain after meeting with God. Remember, the glow of his face, frightened the others so much that he had to wear a veil to hide the radiance?
The pastor made this comment, he said, “We become like what we behold.” Moses beheld the glory and holiness of the Lord and this was displayed to all who saw him. Then he asked, what things do we behold?
What do we spend the majority of our time doing, watching, listening to, reading etc?
The truth is, the answer to this will be reflected in our daily lives.
McArthur says, “The spiritually hungry do not ask for Christ and economic success. Christ and personal satisfaction. Christ and popularity or Christ and anything else. They want ONLY Christ and what God is His wisdom and love sovereignly provides through Christ, whatever that may or may not be.”
Jesus has promised that if we hunger and thirst after righteousness we will be FILLED.
The problem is most of us hunger and thirst after other things and are left EMPTY.
Christ and Christ alone can fill us.
Christ and Christ alone can satisfy us.
The question then is, what are we willing to do in order to be filled with Christ and His righteousness?
Are we willing to cast out idols? (Casting out Idols)
Are we willing to discipline ourselves unto godliness?
Are we willing to do whatever it takes to get Christ and His righteousness.
Do we truly want God and the things of God more than anything else? (I Need You More……)
To be honest, I am not fully here. Yet, my desire and prayer is for God to give me an overwhelming hunger/thirst for Him. That I would desire Him more than anything else.
I believe this is a prayer, God is more than willing to answer.
Yet, it will probably cost us.
So the question is, will we walk away sadly like the rich, young ruler or will we be willing to deny ourselves and follow Christ.