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A Righteous Appetite - Matthew 5:6

A Righteous Appetite
 
 
Matthew 5:6
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
 
GREETINGS!
 
BlogFam, There is nothing like a good meal!  If you could have your favorite foods right now to satisfy your physical appetite, what would you have?  I do not know about you but my favorite foods are breakfast foods.  I can have breakfast for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I would not complain if my diet was restricted to scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, bagels, cold and hot cereal, grits, toast, omelets, biscuits, fruit,  fruit juices, and chocolate milk.  I am clear that many of you could live with or without these kinds of food items and when you think of a good meal, breakfast foods don’t even come to mind.  I do realize that we all have very different opinions as to what constitutes a good meal but I think at the most basic level, we can all agree that there is nothing like a good meal – whatever that means to you! 
 
 
There is nothing like satisfying your taste buds with the seasonings, textures, and colorful flavors of Soul Food, Chinese Food, Mexican Food, Thai, Indian, French, or South African cuisine.  The preference of your personal pallet may differ from mine and that is OK because there are so many food options in the world that I would not even attempt to dictate to you what is the best or the worst kinds of food out there.  But at the end of the day, I do believe that we can still agree – no matter what your favorite meal is – there is nothing like a good meal! 
 
 
Of course, any nutritionist might tell you that in spite of your personal preferences, a good meal is also a well-balanced meal.  A well- balanced meal that consists of a protein, a starch, bread and vegetables makes a good meal, a healthy meal, a nourishing meal that will help you to function as your physical body was intended to function.  The foods we might have selected as our favorite foods, in and of themselves, apart from the other food groups, may or may not comprise a well-balanced meal. But there is so much information available to us regarding maintaining our health – that may or may not include our favorite foods – that barring certain situations, we should all do our best to do what we need to do in our daily dietary choices to support the nutrition of our physical bodies as we fill our stomachs and satisfy our tastebuds.
 
Let’s take it one step further because our verse for today is not a reference to our bodies, but to our spirit. 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
Friends, there is nothing like a good meal!  If you could have your favorite foods right now to satisfy your spiritual appetite, what would you have?  I do realize that we may not think about this nearly as much as we think about the foods to satisfy our flesh, but we need to, if not that much more! 
 
  • What are the spiritual practices in your life in which you engage that keep your spirithealthy, whole, nurtured, and fulfilled?
  • Tell me about your dietary routine as it relates to your spirit. 
  • Do you make an intentional effort to fill your spirit with scripture, hymns, and spiritual songs, fellowship with the saints, prayer, praise, and worship? OR
  • Are you fasting from the spiritual nutrition provided by the things of God? 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
BlogFam, on today, I am concerned about your spiritual appetite.  Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness? Righteousness is simply God’s way of doing things.  It is doing the right things the right way at the right time and with the right attitude. It is being HOLY as God is Holy. YES, the standard is a high one but as believers, we are not called to simply eat, sleep, and be merry!  The standard for our lives is so much higher than that and at the most basic levels of your desire to please the Almighty, I pray that your spiritual appetite is craving righteousness.  I hope that you are not simply going through the motions of doing good deeds in front of people to be seen by them and applauded or rewarded by them.  Please believe me when I say that their eyesight will fail and their applause will go to someone else and possibly someone less deserving.  Besides, living to please people for your entire life would be such a shallow existence.  I pray that you are growing and maturing in your faith to the point that your spiritual appetite to please God FIRST is your primary and ultimate priority. 
 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
Friends, I appreciate that this verse goes beyond the ways in which we please God to the point of considering our motivation for doing so.  In other words,there are so many people doing the right things the right way at the right time but their heart’s attitude is not necessarily to please God.  This verse forces us to consider our motivation for doing the right things. To hunger and to thirst are words that indicate that these appetites have not yet been satisfied yet the object of the hunger and thirsting in this beatitude is RIGHTEOUSNESS.  The  heart’s desire is to be filled with God’s righteousness in advance of doing those things that look like they please God.  Thus, BlogFam, the challenge is for us to check the intensity of our spiritual appetite. 
 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
Are there areas in your life that are lacking in any way, where you may be falling short, or feeling clueless and left out?  If so, then you should check your God-Appetite because if your priorities are in order, there will remain asatisfaction of the soul by the Almighty that will encourage you in these other areas of your life.  As long as you are filled with godly motivation, the peace of God will overwhelm the situations of life that would leave you feeling empty in other areas of your life.  AND God has creatively made available to us so many ways to maintain our spiritual health that barring NO personal life situations or death, we should all do our best to do what we need to do in our daily dietary choices to support the nutrition of our spirit.  Furthermore, the words of the Lord in this Beatitude also let us know that our God-Appetite is not insatiable.  It will be filled.  There is no craving for God that we can have that is too big for God to satisfy.
 
 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
 
 
BlogFam, I am praying for your spiritual appetite...
 
 
GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!!
 
 
Blessings,
 
Delesslyn
 
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