"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
The question being addressed today is: Do we hunger and thirst after righteousness? Jesus was teaching His disciples; one of the many things He instructed was that they are blessed who do more than talk about righteousness, or know the biblical definition of righteousness, or even desire righteousness. Merriam-Webster's definition of thirst is to crave vehemently and urgently. Is this the definition of our desire for righteousness? When one is truly hungry or thirsty, he or she comes to a point that food and water are the only things they can think about, the only things they desire. The need for food and water must be satisfied at some point to be able to effectively continue and it must be done daily. This raises the question: How effective are we as Christians? Are we hungering and thirsting after righteousness?
God is righteous and His son Jesus, who gave His life for our salvation, is righteous.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."
Mankind was created in the image of God.
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
Being created in the image of a righteous God, and being saved by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, our lives should reflect our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus.
According to Matthew 5, Jesus' disciples came to Him; His desire is for us also to come to Him. Sometimes the priorities of our lives are such that we do not take time to regularly come to God in prayer, to God's Word in study, or even to be still enough to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us.
Romans 8:14, 26-27
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."
After the disciples came to Jesus, He taught them; resulting in their hunger and thirst for righteousness being satisfied. They were filled.
Written by Gary Taylor