April 30, 2018

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of a Righteous Appetite

Key Verse: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

Diet and exercise are critical to physical health and maturity. Can you imagine eating just one meal a week and sustaining an active and productive life? You might succeed for a week or two before your energy begins to decrease significantly. Well, our appetite is just as important when it comes to being spiritually healthy.

The hunger and thirst that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 5:6 is a believer’s desire to consistently walk in fellowship with Him. It’s the same hunger and thirst Jesus had for fellowship with His Father when He lived on the earth. This appetite for righteousness is the work of the Holy Spirit, Who desires intimate communion with the Father. The Spirit creates the same desire in Christ’s followers by revealing the truth of Scripture. This righteous hunger is also driven by exercising our faith as we walk in obedience to what we’ve digested.

Jesus promises that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied by what He offers, with no need to look for anything else. Why? Because living in the righteousness of Christ provides us with His strength, His peace, and His joy – regardless of the circumstances we face. It’s the reason the Apostle Paul was content regardless of having much or having nothing at all; he was satisfied and sustained by his relationship with Jesus Christ in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Do you, like Paul, have a spiritual hunger for the Bread of Life and a thirst for the Living Water? Or, are you missing meals at the Lord’s table? Pull up a chair, or better yet, take a knee. Once you begin to live fully in the righteousness of Christ, you will be miserable trying to find satisfaction in anything else. When you satisfy your spiritual appetite, it spills out in prayers of thanksgiving and praise to God. That’s when you’ll discover the blessing that comes with a righteous appetite.