Sermon: Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
Physical hunger and thirst provide important types of the kind of desire one must cultivate for spiritual resources, realizing that man cannot live by bread alone, but by the Bread of Life (John 6:35), signifying the Word of God. Far more consequential than physical famine is a famine of the hearing the Word of God (Amos 8:11). If one seeks spiritual nourishment first (Matthew 5:6), feeling spiritually poor, our Lord has promised to fulfil this longing. Spiritual poverty and the capacity to mourn prepare God's people for meekness, coupling salvation with righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). God's people must 1.) desire righteousness, 2.) going directly to God (rather than trying to work it up on their own), 3.) desiring God's righteousness more intensely than physical food, realizing that happiness comes only through righteousness. Like the apostle Paul, God's people must regard everything as rubbish when compared to Christ (Philippians 3:8-9). The frustration and pain God's people feel in the sanctification process, stumbling and making mistakes, is equivalent to spiritual hunger for righteousness which can be satisfied only by diligently yielding to Jesus Christ.
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