The Beatitude Series (4)

THE BEATITUDE SERIES

CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS

December 27, 2020

­­­Verse of the week: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

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Look: This image is from Hyatt Moore, sit with the words here. What is it that you hunger and thirst for? What are you feeling?

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Listen:

Here is a song to listen to about longing for holiness. Listen to the words and be attentive to what you are sensing and feeling.

English Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHeEytocJVY

Here are the words to follow along:

Holiness, holiness
Is what I long for
Holiness is what I need
Holiness, holiness
Is what You want from me

Faithfulness, faithfulness
Is what I long for
Faithfulness is what I need
Yes, it is – spoken
Faithfulness, faithfulness
Is what You want from me

So take my heart, God – spoken
So take my heart and form it
Take my mind transform it
Take my will conform it
To Yours, to Yours, oh Lord

Righteousness – spoken
Righteousness, righteousness
Is what I long for
Righteousness is what I need
Righteousness, righteousness
Is what You want from me

Think and engage:

This week the verse is “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

This is a beautiful verse that speaks of a longing or desire. The intensity of hunger and thirst is something that so many people can relate to. Obviously some people around the world experience this even more dramatically.

In this passage to hunger means to suffer want, or to crave, or to seek with eager desire. To thirst has a similar meaning. One commentary says to thirst means, “those who are said to thirst who painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported and strengthened.” To hunger and to thirst is a way of saying, those who long for or those who desire. Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven is for those who long for righteousness. It is not necessarily for those who are perfectly righteous, or self-righteous, but for those who desperately desire to be righteous – to be like God in character. To be righteous is to be acceptable to God, or to have integrity and virtue, to align our lives with how God asks us to live.

This verse is saying that for those who long to live and be like God, you will be filled. You will be satisfied and contented. In your longing and hunger for righteousness, you will be nourished. This passage speaks to a life that is in process but is eager to be like God, and to bring him honor and glory. Jesus on the sermon of the mount paves the way for those who long to be like Christ. The Kingdom of Heaven is not reserved for those who are perfectly like Christ but those who long to be like him and with him. As you read this text and engage with its meaning, there is an invitation to enter the Kingdom of Heaven and participate in what Jesus is doing here on earth. Christ honors your hunger and thirst to be more like him. He promises that you will be satisfied.

Questions to consider:

What do you hunger and thirst for?

Have you experienced this hunger and thirst for more of Christ? And to be more like Christ?

As you read this passage, what are you thinking, feeling and experiencing?

Have you experienced being satisfied by Christ?

Spiritual Practices:

Individual Practice:

This week the spiritual practice is to prepare a meal for yourself, or for you and your family. As you eat this meal consider the hunger that was before the meal, and the satisfaction after the meal. Either journal individually, or discuss as a family what the process of satisfaction was. Can you relate this same physical experience with a spiritual one?

Community Practice:

Think about your community, the things or people you are passionate about and give. Although this verse is not about giving or looking after the hungry and thirsty, around Christmas time I always think about those who are hungry and thirsty. Spend some time with your family, and get creative on who you want to give to and give what you can. This can be some cans of soup to the food bank, or donation to those in Yemen. There is no obligation, or requirement to participate here.