“You will get what you want…most of the time.”
Of course there are always qualifiers to that kind of blanket statement. I may want a Dodge Durango Hellcat but I can tell you right now, I won’t be getting one. That’s not really the point of this blog.
In most things, if we want it bad enough, we will structure our lives around obtaining it. That’s why I end up getting pizza for lunch on the days that I’m craving pizza. I’ll work it in, somehow; because that’s how hunger works.
You see, hunger is an incredibly focusing activity. When our stomachs rumble and we get that twinge that says…I’m hungry…we start thinking about ways to stop being hungry. In fact, our minds can become consumed with whatever need we are feeling. Once our minds are focused on filling that need, it can be incredibly difficult to think about literally anything else.
We’re focused. We may even become single-minded. We begin trouble shooting, analyzing our true hunger and then start looking for solutions that give us our desired outcome…to be filled.
And it works with everything we hunger for, not just food. If you need that new shoe that just came out or the latest phone, you may find it difficult to think about anything else.
For others it may be an approaching vacation that you have been looking forward to and the closer it gets, the harder it becomes to think about anything else.
I believe this reality about the human condition is on Jesus’s mind we had said that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied…or filled.
In fact, I would go even further to say unless you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you probably won’t ever find it because being righteous isn’t on most of our “most wanted” lists. People don’t stand up and clap for you. In some industries, righteousness can actually cost you your job and in some communities, it can cost you your friendships.
That’s why we MUST hunger because that is what focuses us. That is what gives us the singular motivation to pursue it.
Righteousness is never found by accident. It has to always be sought and our lives must be transformed to fully embrace it. That is why, I believe, Jesus says that we will be satisfied if we do. So, what does it look like for you to hunger and thirst for it?
If you do, you will not stop until you understand it and transform your life around it.
It will be on your thoughts.
When you fail, you will feel it.
When others ignore it, you will not be able to.
And as we read the words of Jesus, they will ignite something glorious within us as we begin to mimic the righteousness that was apparent in every part of his life.
What do you hunger for most often?