I’m reading through the Gospel of Matthew in preparation for our fall series and this morning was re-reading the Sermon on the Mount. You are familiar with what we call the “Beatitudes”….remember this one,
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matt 5:6
I was struck by this promise of being “satisfied”. The word means to be “filled” and has the idea of abundance and sufficiency. The same word is used in Philippians when the Apostle Paul speaks of being content because of the Lord’s provision for him. I love this promise of being “satisfied”, but there is a catch to it. I will only be “satisfied” if I “hunger and thirst for righteousness”. When my heart desires and thirsts after things that are either contrary to or inconsistent with righteousness then I am left unsatisfied and disappointed. I am sure all of us can recognize that experience of being unsatisfied with life when our hearts and minds are set on the wrong desires. It happens all too often to me. How bout you? Jesus is often called the “righteous one” in scripture and if we keep Him in our thoughts and in our focus then our hearts “hunger and thirst for righteousness”. Not a righteous of our own but a righteousness that can only be found in Jesus.
“ALL I NEED” – We continue this coming Sunday in our series in Psalm 23. “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul;” PARENTS – all Children will be dismissed into the Fireside room for a short time prior to the sermon and then return for the sermon and communion. The purpose is 2-fold. 1) VBS starts on Monday and we want to introduce them to the theme of VBS and some of the songs. 2) The Redemption Story being shared prior to the sermon has some sensitive topics in it that we want to shield the children from. Thanks for working with us. You can call me if you have questions about this. THANKS PB