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Week 4…Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied …

When I read this verse in the beatitudes, I can’t help but think of soda commercials in the 90’s… “kachhhhhtt…. ahhhhhhh”. The image is plastered in my head…as the beads of condensation fly off of the freshly cracked, chilled object of desire

The eager gulping of a cool, refreshing can of liquid diabetes (not sure how that slipped in there) and finally, the refreshed response of pure satisfaction from the pair of manicured lips reverberates in the air, and as it slowly tails off… a logo and a catchy slogan.

Within the equation of Matthew 5:6, there’s a desire; an implied reception and a response. Jesus, conveying a vital characteristic of a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. He calls us to aim our desire. 

Friends, the trajectory of our desire will always impact the rest of the equation. I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried to put a lot of things in for X and it has not resulted in satisfaction; maybe temporarily, but I am always left wanting. 
“The Holy Spirit creates in us a holy dissatisfaction with things as they are and a holy passion for things as they ought to be.” – John Wesley
If we trust in the equation of Matthew 5:6, we don’t have to guess at X. The aim of our desire is meant to be righteousness; nothing else will do.
Righteousness is defined in the Wesleyan Bible Commentary on Matthew as, “a life fully conformed to the will of God in thought, word, worship, and action.”It is seeking after the truths of God at any cost; not just a seeking, the imagine a parched and desperate soul longing for it, needing refreshment. 

I believe this is why it feels so satisfying to be in the presence of God, because in God’s presence there is alignment, there is a filling. 
And when we are full, we need nothing else.

Hey Friends! is a weekly devotional from your Missions Pastor Clint Wyllie. If you have a question or a comment, Clint would love to hear from you.Email Clint at clint.wyllie@kingwoodmethodist.org

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