Holy hunger - Hope 103.2

Holy hunger

By David ReayThursday 15 Oct 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Matthew 5:6

6             Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
                  for they will be filled. (NIV)

It is rather too easy to be a dabbler in Christianity. To be half-hearted. And a half-hearted Christian doesn’t have an easy time of it. They know enough about Jesus so as to be cautious about immersing themselves in immediately pleasurable sin. But they are likewise cautious about throwing their lot in with him and tasting some of the abundant life he offers. They are content to paddle in the shallows while there is a vast and refreshing ocean to explore.

Jesus urges us to cultivate a deep appetite for the things that please God, here summed by an appeal to live rightly. And like all appetites, this appetite for God can be dulled by all sorts of alternative hungers. Our consumption of the spiritual equivalent of junk food can spoil our appetite for the healthy variety.

Sadly, Jesus can become just one of many passions and interests in my life. I fit him in as I can. I might even use him as a means to some other end. In other words, I may dabble in him. In which case, dabble needs to be replaced by desperation.

And one more thing: Christians are to be known primarily for their passion for right living rather than their hatred of wrong living. By all means oppose the evil, but only ever do so because of our eager embrace of the good.

David Reay