We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.
The world says: Hunger and thirst for the things of this world. Eat lots of Big Macs. Drink lots of Bud Light. There’s no such thing as “right” and “wrong” anyway.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
Once again, Jesus turns the world on its head.
Our sinful fleshly side has a deep insatiable craving for the temporary things of this world. We want it all and we want it now. But those things can never ever satisfy.
Jesus taught a different way. He wants us to have a white-hot burning hunger and thirst to see things made right through God’s holy and awesome power. We’re to “seek first” his “kingdom and righteousness” — not the stuff of this world. (Matthew 6:33)
Only when we’re filled to overflowing with Jesus are we truly satisfied. Jesus himself put it this way, in rather mind-blowing fashion:
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. (John 6:51, 53-56)
Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness? Or for something else?
Don’t fill up on what the world has to offer. Fill up with Jesus.
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