I can recollect times in Sunday School when we would recite portions of the Bible in a happy sing-songy voice. Sometimes we paid attention to what we were saying, and sometimes reciting scripture was just a group activity like any other. The Beatitudes (Matthew 5) I can recall specifically. I remember always pronouncing, “Bles-sed” instead of “Blessed” for some odd reason and wondering what it meant to inherit the earth. The teacher usually made big deal out of being a peacemaker. And usually there was a comment about persecution and how we were actually blessed when persecuted.
These verses hold so much truth. And somehow, knowing them from a young age, I seemed to underestimate their significance. I was reminded of one in particular recently.
Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
God didn’t say, “Blessed are those that go to church every Sunday and try really hard, for they will be righteous.”
God didn’t say, “Blessed are those who were born in a Christian family for they will be righteous.”
God didn’t say, “Blessed are those who have a large portion of Scripture memorized for they will be righteous”
Blessed are they who hunger to be righteous
Blessed are they who thirst to be righteous
God’s not interested in performance, talent, skill, or even your “Christian heritage” as much as He is interested in the condition of your heart right now. What do you hunger for?
Do you hunger for status? A job promotion? A six figure salary?
Hanging with the cool kids, or having that person like you back? Maybe it’s becoming famous or having your amazing talent recognized. Maybe you just want to sleep most of the day and binge watch tv shows for the rest of it.
What do you hunger for?
I challenge you, hunger to stand righteous before God. Hunger to know His pleasure. Hunger to have his approval.
Hunger to stand before Him and hear Him say, “Well done.”
God doesn’t want your leftovers, or trophies that you gained from meaningless ambitions. He wants all of you. He wants to be first. He wants you to hunger to stand rightly before Him.
And the amazing thing is, if you do desire righteousness, He will bring it to pass in your life. Your desire will be met, you will be filled, and you will know what it means to be righteousness.
I challenge you, Desire God’s pleasure – there’s no higher ambition.