Hunger • Devotion #3: We Hungry

I love cheese guy movies. Any movie where there are guns, cars, over the top action sequences, and one-liners are instant classics in my book. For years, Pastor Caleb and I have had a unique bond over “2 Fast 2 Furious.” Now, I have not seen this movie in years, so I would venture to say this would have scenes that are not the most edifying thing for believers to partake in; however, there is one line that we both love. In the movie, Roman Pearce (played by Tyrese Gibson) and his partner Brian O’ Conner (played by the late Paul Walker) are undercover agents of the FBI disguised as street racers. When Roman and Brian finally are in the bad guys’ good graces, Roman says one of my favorite lines in the movie, “Like I said, we hungry”

Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). Right out of the shoot, I have always been curious about the number of people who gathered around Jesus this day. I would venture to say many of them were not rich or had immense access to food or proper drink. When we, as Americans, hear hungry we think it is time to go to the pantry and grab a snack. Jesus here is not saying to get a snack. He is saying, blessed are those who hunger for something specific. We have all opened our refrigerators and starred waiting for the proper appetite to kick in, but here Jesus tells us what we should be hungry for, righteousness.

Righteousness is not something a person being led by sin is hungry for. Righteousness is something for which every Christ-honoring Christian should hunger. In order for us to even obtain the nourishment that comes from righteousness, we have to know where to get it. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” We have to understand that righteousness is not something we can just open our pantry and eat, righteousness only comes from one thing, the work of Jesus Christ. For us to be hungry for righteousness, that means that we are hungry to see God’s work transforming people from the inside out. For us to be hungry for righteousness that means we are nourished by living a life that brings the utmost amount of honor, glory, and praise to our Father in Heaven. Any of these cannot be done because we wish to will them into existence. Righteousness only comes from a humble submission to live by the Spirit of God, which brings us closer to Christ.

This should be the goal of the church. We should want to echo the sentiments of Roman Pearce, “We hungry.”

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