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Hungry?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousnessMatt 5:6

The next step in God’s 8 step program is to pursue righteousness with the same intensity as a hungry man pursues food, or as one who is parched goes after water. Hear this. It does not promise this blessed life to someone who tries to be good, who pulls themselves up by their boot straps, who just grits their teeth and does what is right.
Rather this one who is hungry to do the right thing. To the hungry, there is no priority higher than food. We all get hungry sometimes. I walked in the house the other day after a long day at the office, and I was starving. I had not had a bite to eat since – oh – it had to be like 2 hours!!!!! Can you imagine my hunger? 2 whole hours without food! I was starving. And when I found out diner was not on the table, well you can just imagine the ruckus that ensued. Hmmm, not really. But I bet you have been there. This is not that hunger. One who is hungry has a determination and seriousness about him in his quest for food. Hunger cannot be ignored.
What if we actually pursued righteousness, sought after it like hidden treasure. What if we searched for opportunities to increase righteousness as though it was good for us, as if it was to our advantage – oh and just for the record it is to our advantage. I am not talking bout some strange self-righteousness that makes us feel superior. No way!. But how about taking your honesty to a new level, or how about the way you do your job, or your homework, or your chores, or duties – all of it. The mark of a Christian in the work place should be unimpeachable integrity. I promise if you will quiet your spirit for a while and mull this over the Lord will show you places to find more opportunities to do right. Don’t you see, as we take our righteousness to the next level, we will be taking our joy to the next level as well.
This passion for righteousness nets us a life joy. The Word tells us this about the life of Jesus that He “…loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” (Heb 1:9) Jesus understood that “the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) And no man ever walked in the Spirit to a greater level than Jesus did. Righteousness works itself out in peace and joy. The worst turmoil in a life is when you walk away from righteousness. Trying to cover your sin, or walk the edge between good and bad is death to all joy and peace. When you are seeking after righteousness, there is no shame, no guilt, and no fear, just peace and joy.
Jesus is our righteousness. (1 Corinthians 1:30) So basically, to hunger after righteousness is to hunger for more of Jesus in your life. As we embrace Jesus, His ways, His priorities in our lives, we will walk in this peace and joy. We must put on Christ, and search for His presence in our lives as though our lives depended on it. You will never regret it!


Let's ask the Father this question: Where have you hidden opportunities for integrity in my life? [Tweet ThisLet me know what you hear (if you feel you can share.)
Don’t miss the promise for this one! Come back tomorrow.
Thanks for reading! Tell me where you have found opportunities for increased righteousness.
Ben

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