What makes you hunger …?

September 29, 2016

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed,
for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 HCSB

Jesus didn’t waste words. HIs description of a blessed life is shaped by God’s design: you were created to hunger and thirst. He knows what causes your hunger. You may hunger for love .. healing .. to be known .. positions or influence.  He sees what makes you thirst. You find yourself trying harder and harder .. reaching for anything that will quench the thirst of your heart. Jesus taught what a disciple would look like and live for who followed Him. Your life will be blessed if you “hunger and thirst for righteousness”. An old English surgeon-preacher said: “The gospel places all its primary emphasis on “being” rather than “doing”. A Christian is something before he does “anything””. Your life declares what you are. It’s the Holy Spirit’s role to move into your life and powerfully conform your life to the way and life of Jesus. What righteousness do you hunger for? “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Sin’s very nature is to try and entice you to hunger and thirst for what cannot fill you . Righteousness doesn’t make you religious or a spiritual person. It makes you a man or woman who longs for fellowship with God  .. and desires a way of life in His unfailing care. There isn’t one area unaffected and the Lord knows the right moment and time to bring all the pieces of your life together whole in Christ. But notice that Jesus places the word “blessed” on you as you hunger and thirst. And He promises you will be filled.  It’s what you long for. Jesus knows that. It only takes a moment …

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”. Proverbs 14:34 HCSB

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Hungry Disciples following Jesus (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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