The last of the four Steps that satisfies our spiritual hunger and prepares us for a life of righteousness.
Believers do not look for fragments of righteousness.
They aspire to be like Christ our Lord and pursue His entire holiness.
Give me the complete loaf, not just a slice of bread, is what Jesus is requesting.
Those who thirst and hunger for righteousness are blessed because they will be satisfied.
It doesn’t indicate that people who desire some measure of righteousness are blessed; rather, it refers to those who desire righteousness.
It refers to those who crave the whole experience.
God doesn’t mince words; He gets right to the point.
As an illustration, when you read Malachi 3;
Will a man steal from God?
But you stole from me!
Yet you say.
But you object, asking, “How have we robbed You?”
in offerings and tithes.
9 You have robbed Me, even this entire nation, and you are plagued with a curse.
10 Try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, “whether I won’t open the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be place to receive it.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house.
11 The Lord of hosts declares, “And I will chasten the devourer for your sakes, That he may not destroy the produce of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field;”
12 (The Lord of hosts says, “And all nations will name you blessed, For you will be a beautiful land.”)
Therefore, you must return to God with a tithe and a sacrifice in order to stop the devourer.
Now He is saying that in order to be satisfied, you must hunger and thirst for His righteousness and strive to imitate Him.
No matter how much righteousness a Christian possesses, he or she will never be content since there is always more that can be done.
The person who is thirsty and hungry for righteousness desires everything.
Until he/she receives the promise, which is eternal, he/she strives to have more of God in him.
The issue facing many Christians today is this!
We only desire enough of God to satisfy, not to transform.
We desire just enough of God to bring us into right standing and keep us out of the fires of hell.
But not enough to bring about righteousness that would fundamentally alter our way of life.
We’re fine as long as the alteration is only superficial.
It’s okay to have little cosmetic surgery.
Anything beyond that makes us uneasy.
This is something that a good Christian should never forget!
Will you accept all of God?
If so, you will benefit from having a thirst and hunger for His righteousness.
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