2018-02-01 - Humble Service
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
From Dictionary.com Righteousness noun, 1. the quality or state of being righteous. 2. righteous conduct. 3. the quality or state of being just or rightful
What sets principles in our lives? What guides our responses to joy and problems? What do we desire for ourselves and those around us?
Without water a human being will die in about three days time. Without food we can survive for a few weeks. With that in mind think of righteousness as food for each one of us and how necessary it is described to be by Jesus Himself during the Sermon on the Mount.
The second definition is very simple. Righteous conduct. Something that is easy to say. It is also easy to understand. Moral or upright thoughts and actions are things believers will try to maintain. We are also mortal and fallible. We can be tempted away from the things God has for us.
There is a promise here. To hunger or thirst is to desire something. We may stumble and fall along the way. By grace we are saved by Jesus' sacrifice. He puts in us a new heart that desires to follow Him. If we humbly ask to be forgiven by His mercy we are restored to that path following His example. The hunger and thirst for the right foods and drinks to feed our spirits.
The promise is that our hunger and thirst will be satisfied. Righteousness will become the thing we desire and that guides our thoughts, words and actions. There is the old man and the new man that battle inside us for control. The one we feed is the one that will be strongest. Jesus loved us before we loved Him. He is our light in the dark, and our example to follow in our daily lives. Humility allows us to recognize our limitations and our dependence on the Lord's grace and mercy. It puts into perspective His examples and teaching to keep us heading in the right direction.
Lord, Keep my heart and mind filled with the understand that You have my best interests at heart at all times. Let my words, and my actions and steps be lit by Your mercy and examples. I thank You for all the things that You provide, Your help in times of trouble, and mercy when I stumble. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.