Many Christians today are extremely hungry and thirsty for God’s word and touch! As many churches begin to reopen their doors, I am sure ministry leaders are witnessing this earnest and sincere pursuit back to the kingdom of God first hand!
Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” This is good news for those who are earnestly seeking God in this season!
The word blessed in the Beatitudes signifies deep, joy-filled contentment and the word righteousness speaks of right relationship with God and with man. Who reading this message don’t want to blessings and righteousness to be part of their everyday lives?!
Brothers and Sisters to hunger and thirst for righteousness is to possess an active spiritual longing! Like the Psalmist said, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When [where] can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2).
With that said, this desire (hunger/thirst) is not passive; it is a fervent seeking. The servant who hungers and thirsts for righteousness is the same as the one who seeks God’s kingdom and His righteousness before and above everything else (Matthew 6:33). This servant is blessed because he or she experiences a satisfied heart. This servant can openly and unwaveringly say, “It is well with my soul” despite these pandemics, the upcoming election, and this hyper hurricane season.
Now then, for those who are trailblazing in their Christian faith journey, don’t stop and to those are lacking, but seeking spiritual sustenance, don’t stop! The common denominator is don’t stop because as the scripture states ‘you will be filed’!
Let’s be clear, being hungry and thirsty is not so much about what you do. It’s more about how long and where you position yourself (consistency). Like a pot of water, if you sit on God’s flame long enough, the things of God will begin to bubble up. The passion, zeal, encouragement, and excitement for God will start to flow in you and ultimately pour out of you.
Here’s the deal, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been born again for one day or 30 years, your hunger and thirst for God never ends because we who are in Christ are not spiritual bulimics—we hunger and thirst for righteousness because we need to be filled and God in Christ is ready to unequivocally meet that need without fail!