Matthew 5:6 (NLT)
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.
Hunger and thirst… We all do. We all want things. The question is, what? What makes us hungry? Are you hungry for a new car? New fishing pole? New home? New bed partner? New fantasy? New world? (I’ll take a new job please…). No doubt, all of these are wonderful aspirations, but they sell us short. We, especially those of us in the west, are so richly blessed, can do so much more, we can set our sights so much higher.
What about a hunger and thirst for what Chrit calls for – a hunger and thirst for justice and righteousness? How hungry are you for justice? Christ calls us to love the unlovable, to serve the unservable, to be outward facing and acting.
Paul was about as inward facing as they come, serving a master called religion and persecuting those that were following Christ, those who were doing what Christ called us to. Yet, a brief conversation with Christ and he saw the light. He radically changed his life and had an unquenchable hunger and thirst for justice and righteousness.
The world will resist.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NLT)
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
The call remains.
Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
And we will have peace some day.
1 Peter 3:10-11 (NLT)
10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.”