ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
What are the things in life that you truly desire to have on a daily basis? There are so many thoughts that run through our heads every day... ideas of how life could be different if we were able to do this or have done that in our past. I know that many of us have doubts that the place where we have landed could have been different if we would have done.... (fill in the blank). But I just want to let you know that that is truly a lie and misconception that satan has completely sold you as a way to doubt yourself and stop yearning to press own towards the goal that God has in store for us. Every decision we make is like walking down a corridor and there are two doors. Each door leads to a different path and we have to make a choice which door we will enter. We think that as soon as we choose the door behind us shuts and cuts us off from ever having the opportunity from choosing the other path. That is not true at all. It just means that God may take us in a different direction to stretch us and show us a different way to get to the destination. Each path is filled with choices and opportunities to grow stronger and to be equipped to handle the next stage of challenges that we may face. It truly is a battle of the mind and if satan is able to win and cause you to stop stretching for righteous, then we become complacent, apathetic and doubt the path and direction God has laid out for us.
So what do we do about that... well it is pretty simple. When you are hungry, if it is possible, you try to eat right? If you are thirsty, whenever possible, you drink. The same is true in our lives as we approach the doldrums of our physical and spiritual growth. As my dad use to remind me, you can accomplish ANYTHING that you put you mind to, but you have to be willing to work to achieve the outcome. The same is true in EVERY area of our lives. I know that for many of us growing up that there were things that came natural and easy for us. Some could pick up almost any instrument and within a few minutes be able to play something that sounded like a song. Others were given physical abilities that at a young age you were able to practice a sport for a short while and then you got it. Even others were able to look at numbers or objects and within seconds find a solution. These are not the things
that I am asking us to talk about today. I am asking that we think about the things that came difficult to us and what did we do to make ourselves better. For example, in my life, math, science and history really came easy for me. I could study... I could do problems in my head and I was really not challenged until I hit college. However, English, but especially reading, was a challenge for me. I just didn't like to do it, but I knew that if I wanted to improve my ability to communicate and reach the goals that I had set in my life, I would have to find a way to overcome the challenge that was in my life. I am not saying that I am still a great reader, and I mean I can read at a fast pace, but I just don't like to spend the time reading, but what I am saying is that in life we will all face challenges and we have to make the determination if we are willing to hunger and thirst to overcome the obstacle and stretch our boundaries to reach the goals we have set out for ourselves.
This attitude of desire and stretching true with every area of our lives. Jesus reminds us of that in His teaching on wisdom today in our scripture lesson. Happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled. Once again we see the main lesson of humility enter into the picture, but Jesus now adds the understanding of the word desire. He is not speaking of those who have not have physical food but he is talking about those that are in need of spiritual nourishment. And I fully believe that Jesus is speaking to the heart of all of us and helping us to realize the root of the issue is DESIRE. Jesus is saying that after you have come to me in humility, meekness and poor in spirit, you have now reached the step to where you have to have a desire to want to seek Him with everything that you have. Similar to the two builders we have talked about in the past from Matthew 7, one was willing to dig and dig and dig until they hit a rock, solid foundation and the other was just willing to do as little as they could to get the job done. Jesus is trying to encourage us to dig deep and to get to the physical point of hunger and thirst to develop a spiritual desire to fulfill the need in our lives. As Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, He said that if you drink from that well you will still be thirsty because you are only quenching a physical need that will never be satisfied, but if you drink from my well, my knowledge and have a desire to connect with my teachings, you have a well spring inside of you that will never stop.
Jesus teaching today is a challenge to all of us to desire to want to know more about Jesus. As Christians, we should have a desire to want to gain as much knowledge as we can to be a disciple on a daily basis. We shouldn't quit with just the smallest amount possible just to show the world we are Christians. We have to go beyond our borders and desire to stop doing just enough and realize that Jesus' expectations was always about filling to overflowing. Jesus never stopped at the minimum but continued to seek ways to make others better. Even in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was arrested, Jesus said, Father, Take this cup from me but not my will but your will be done. Yes it was a vulnerable moment
where Jesus showed His humanity, but it was also a way for us to see that in His darkness hours, He still did not quit but yearned to dig deeper and fulfill the will of the Father. I say all of this because if you are truly seeking a deeper commitment with God, then stop playing the game. Open up your heart in a way that allows Him to have the access needed to equip
you to go beyond the borders we have set up to maintain control. Give over all of our fears and questions to God and allow Him to fill us to overflowing. Jesus says that if we seek God with a tru passion a true hunger and thirst that we will be filled with righteousness. We will be equipped with the vision we need to see what we cannot see. We will given the ability to step out on faith without fear binding our feet. We will be able to do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength, but we have to be willing to get to a point where we truly come to God with humble hearts, minds and souls and with a desire to follow wherever God is ready to lead us. It will take courage, but I promise you that it will be the best decision you have ever made in your life. If you are HUNGRY or THIRSTY for more.... the table is set and God is ready to fill you to overflowing.