Summary: A challenging message in our series through the Beatitudes which explores hungering and thirsting after righteousness and the satisfaction that God provides.
God’s Satisfaction Guarantee • Matthew 5:6
Introduction: The challenge of this Beatitude is rooted in the reality that it is possible for a Christian to be DISGUSTED and DISTRESSED by the world while VOLUNTARILY clinging to the world.
Example: If you consider the life of Lot (Genesis 13f, esp 19) one never would have even thought Lot was a true believer. But 2 Peter tells us 3 times that this conflicted and compromised man was “righteous” (2 Petere 2:7-8). I find it interesting but strangely understandable how Lot was revolted by Sodom and at the same time Sodom was a part of his soul. From all signs, Lot was of no benefit to the people of Sodom. Lived there for years… prominent in its gates (many opportunities to influence others). When judgment fell on Sodom, not one righteous person could be found. No family, no friends, no acquaintances, o neighbors, not one of his servants.
Lot did what often times we do, he turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the social and sexual abuses of Sodom. He didn’t practice them… He didn't approve… He hated them… but he didn’t speak out against them. Peter affirms him as a righteous man… but he was a righteous man who lived as close the edge as you can.
TRANSITION: That seems to be our struggle… even though we might verbally say we trust God, in our spirit we just aren’t sure. And we grow accustomed to being satisfied by other things. Often times we are just like Lot. We are repulsed by the ways of the world and at the same time it’s what we know so we strangely cling to it.
3 OBSERVATIONS FROM MATTHEW 5:6
I.The HONEST DETERMINATION that is necessary.
(ILLUS. VOLUNTEER TO HOLD WATER WITH THEIR HANDS CUPPED)
Step 1: THE ASSESSMENT – THE BIBLE MENTIONS AT LEAST THREE ASPECTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: LEGAL, SOCIAL, MORAL
Legal Righteousness – Justification. Those who have a right relationship with God are legally righteous. (Rom. 9:30-10:4
Social Righteousness – commitment to integrity and freedom and a desire for our communities to please a righteous God (not just personal)
Moral Righteousness – Righteousness of character & conduct which pleases God. Not external obligation but internal transformation.
The assessment how am I managing these in my life? Do I continually desire and pursue these in my life? Can I continually attain these on my own?
Step 2: THE ADMISSION
Step 2: THE ADMISSION (Jeremiah 2:13)
Based upon the authority of God’s Word and the experience of life, you and I cannot attain righteousness. Jeremiah 2:11-13
broken cisterns—tanks for rain water, common in the East, wells scarce. tanks can’t give forth an ever-flowing fresh supply as fountains can, but cannot even retain the water poured into them; the stonework within being broken, the earth drinks up the collected water. Contrast humanly & heavenly
It’s a picture of a grown man, trying desperately to hold onto something that is not humanly possible.