There is a solution for spiritual hunger.
Devotional Thought: Today, I am glad Jesus fills me spiritually.
Is your stomach growling? No, not your biological stomach, your spiritual stomach. Are you hungry for something spiritually?
I’m through hungering for righteousness. This is not a misprint. That’s right. I don’t hunger for righteousness anymore. I use to think it was a spiritual badge to say I hunger for righteousness. After all, Jesus said we would be blessed if we hunger for righteousness.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be SATISFIED. (Matthew 5:6 ESV)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be FILLED. (MATTHEW 5:6 NIV)
But I forgot that He also said we would be filled (satisfied). That means I don’t have to go around hungry all the time. I’m either filled or not filled. Jesus said He fills.
I like lunch. It is my break in the day and I take it seriously. I don’t have a salad. I am not content with a bowl of soup. I want food. I don’t want my stomach growling the rest of the afternoon. I want to be full, not stuffed, but full. I can tell the difference between full and still hungry. So can you.
Jesus satisfied our longing for righteousness by dying for us and giving us His righteousness. That’s the heart of the Gospel. He gave us His own righteousness.
If I am still hungry for righteousness then I am saying that His righteousness is not enough to fill me. How can the righteousness of Jesus not be enough righteousness? He lived the perfect life and then gave that perfect life to me. I am now 100% righteousness.
This righteousness is GIVEN through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. (Romans 3:22 NIV)
We don’t earn righteousness, Jesus gives it to us. That’s a game changer. The entire book of Romans in the New Testament is written about this point. Righteousness is now something Jesus gives to us by His grace.
So how could we still be hungry for righteousness? The only way is either that we have not put our faith in Jesus or we don’t fully realize what He did for us.
Read these shocking words in Romans:
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE and JOY in the Holy Spirit, (Romans 14:17 NIV)
Righteousness, peace and joy. I vote for all three. But righteousness comes first, then peace and joy. Whenever I am feeling stressed and grumpy, which happens, I remember Jesus has made me righteous.
The kingdom of God is not about my dietary habits. It is about what the Holy Spirit does in me through Jesus.