Summary: We hunger and thirst after many things in our lives but what does it mean to hunger and thirst after righteousness? Why are those who do so, blessed, and how is it that they will be filled? What is it that we are filling our lives with?
Soul Cravings - Matthew 5:6 - August 14, 2011
Series: Kingdom Life – Living in a World Turned Upside Down #4
Dr. Samuel Palmer Brooks was president of Baylor University in Texas from 1902 until his death in 1931. On his deathbed he wrote a message to the senior class of 1931. He wrote …
“I stand on the border of mortal life but I face eternal life. I look backward to the years of the past to see all pettiness, all triviality, shrink into nothing and disappear. Adverse criticism has no meaning now, only the worthwhile things, the constructive things that have built for the good of mankind and the glory of God count now. There is beauty, there is joy, and there is laughter in life—as there ought to be, but remember, my students, not to regard lightly, nor to ridicule the sacred things, those worthwhile things.
“Hold them dear, cherish them, for they alone will sustain you in the end, and remember, too, that only through work and oft-times through hardships may they be attained. But the compensation of blessing and sweetness at the last will glorify every hour of work and every heartache from hardship.” (Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.)
Let’s pray. Father, teach us to number our days rightly that when we are called to stand before You we may do so without regret, without remorse at years that have been wasted, at time that has been squandered, at things that could have been but never were because we ran after the things of this world rather than the kingdom of God. Redeem the time we have left whether it be hours or decades – redeem it to your glory and open our hearts to receive Your word this day. We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Open your Bibles with me this morning to the Gospel of Matthew. We’re going to be in Matthew 5 again this morning as we continue in our study of the Beatitudes. We’ve already looked at the first three; today we will examine the fourth. And really the first three have been foundational to the Beatitude which we will look at this morning. For if you are not poor in spirit, if your sin does not cause you to mourn, to sorrow with a sorrow that leads to repentance and brings forth salvation, if you are not meek, that is surrendered to God, you will never hunger and thirst for righteousness and you will never know the filling that comes when hunger is satiated and the thirst quenched. Let’s read Matthew 5:6 and let’s read it aloud together: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6, NIV)
Folks, let me tell you a little secret. I love the smell of fresh baked bread. And it’s a hard temptation for me to resist when I’m out and I walk past a bakery and that wonderful smell of fresh bread wafts my way. It doesn’t matter if I’ve already eaten or not. The effect is instantaneous. I smell that bread and immediately I have a craving for it. Some of you know what I’m talking about because fresh baked bread has the same effect on you!