The thought which came to my mind as I was reading,John Knox (@watchmanjohn)'s blog this morning was that we must pursue God. While it is true that we can do nothing to earn our salvation, it is the gift of God, Jesus also tells us,
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
His meaning is quite clear. If we want to be satisfied, if we want to be filled, we must hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Have you ever truly been hungry and thirsty? I think every single one of us have been at one time or another. Perhaps you have been putting in a hard day of physical labor when suddenly you run out of fuel. Whereas a few moments before, you were just fine, suddenly you are aware that you need something to eat and something to drink. You cannot concentrate on the work at hand or conversations with others, unless they have to do with food of course. Every thought, every feeling is focused on one thing. You want to satisfy your hunger and thirst and you want to do it this very moment. The thought of doing so consumes you and in fact, you may get rather cross if anything stands between you and your dinner.
Do we truly hunger and thirst for righteousness? Do we pursue it? We are made right with God, through Jesus Christ but do we desire to continue pursue God and walk in His ways more than follow our own ways? Are we so consumed with pursuing God that we are willing to lay down all of our desires and take up His?
These are some serious questions which we need to consider and answer. Do we really hunger and thirst after righteousness or do we just talk about it?
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These are some serious questions which we need to consider and answer.