Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

The “beatitudes” are the expression of God’s life in us.  They are completely impossible to make experiential in our lives through self-effort.  However, when Christ lives through you the beatitudes become real.  Think of what a different world we would live in if all men hungered and thirsted for righteousness; no war, no hunger, no strife.  Today we look at hungering and thirsting. 
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 
Blessed are: 
Who are the blessed?  They are those who find the solutions to the world’s problems only in Christ.  Blessings are not the object of our hungering; blessings result from seeking something else.
Those who experience the grace of God: To be blessed is to realize you have God’s presence despite your circumstances.  Jesus calls us to a life much deeper than just happiness. He calls us to a life living in the abundance of God’s grace. 
Those who don’t seek happiness:  Everybody wants to be happy.  However, the world system sets us up to look for happiness where it can’t be found.  The blessed are those who have found they only need Jesus.  There is nothing wrong with being happy; but happiness isn’t our pursuit.  We are called to be a blessed people.
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
Every day, in India, thousands die of malnutrition and its accompanying diseases.  Today, a far more serious hunger affects all mankind.  It is a spiritual hunger satisfied only by God through the Lord Jesus Christ.  God’s answer to man’s spiritual longing is to hunger and thirst after righteousness.  What does it mean to hunger and thirst?  It is a deep consciousness of our great need even to the point of pain. 
What are you hungering and thirsting for?  What is it that consumes you?  That is what you are hungering and thirsting for.  For some of you, your god is money and you hunger for and seek, it.  You think it will solve all your problems but you will never be satisfied.  You are doomed to misery. 
True hunger consumes you.  In America, we really don’t know much about true hunger or thirst.  Jesus was speaking to people who understood the affects of famine and, having lived near the desert, they understood thirst.  It is an all-consuming desire that completely grabs your complete attention.  To hunger and thirst makes you a fanatic with an all-consuming focus.
Righteousness is a person.  The object of our hungering and thirsting is righteousness.  To be righteous is to be right with God.  It is to be in right standing as a holy vessel.  Is it possible we could ever achieve righteousness?  No, because it is impossible for us to achieve.  Righteousness isn’t a destination where we arrive after great effort but the person of Jesus Christ.  We are called to hunger and thirst and that is an all-consuming desire for the person of Jesus. 
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 
To be in pursuit of righteousness is to be in pursuit of Jesus.  He became sin for us so we could become righteous.  Don’t miss it!  Righteousness is not something you achieve but someone you receive.  He wants to be your sole object of desire.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” 
Do you see it again?  From where does righteousness come?  It comes from the person of Jesus.  All of our hungering and thirsting for thing – for money –  for entertainment –  will leave us empty and hungry once again.  When we hunger and thirst for the person of Jesus Christ we sit at an unending banquet.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 
What about your life?  Do you seek righteousness first or do you seek after something else?
We are not to hunger and thirst after blessedness; we are not to hunger and thirst after happiness, though that is what most people do. 
We are not meant to hunger and thirst after experiences; If we want to be truly blessed, we must hunger and thirst after righteousness.  Those who always covet, seeking the next experience, are never satisfied.  What we are to covet, seek, hunger, and thirst for is righteousness – the person of Jesus.
For they shall be filled
The Christian can hunger and thirst and be filled.  The more he is filled the more he hungers and thirsts. 
To be filled isn’t the goal but the result.  Remember we aren’t to pursue being filled – we are to pursue righteousness – which will result in being filled.  The object of our desire is always the person of Jesus.
You can’t be filled until you are empty.  The true problem for most of us is we are filled with so many temporarily satisfying things there is little room for Jesus.  We are filled with our desire for things and we are filled with our cares for this world.  Only when we pursue Jesus will we be emptied of self and filled with Him.  We can know what it is to be content having found all we will ever need in Christ.
You are loved!
Pastor Tim