Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 5:1-13
Isn’t this a beautiful passage? It’s another one of my favorites. If you want to be blessed in your life, follow the Beatitudes.
I want to zoom in on verse 6: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
What are we hungering after? Righteousness means “acting
Proverbs 23:7a says “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” – What you allow into your heart will define the type of character you have, and ultimately will reveal the kind of person you are. If you focus your heart on Christ and the things of Christ, good things will flow out of your life. You will reveal the “good fruits” inside you, fruits of purity, grace, kindness, meekness, and so on.
If you are hungering and thirsting after righteousness and after the things of Christ, you will find them, and you will become full of Him.
Likewise, if you are simply hungering and thirsting after compliments, a smaller waistline, recognition, you will find those things too, but what will that do for your life in Christ? Nothing. I guarantee it. When we focus on ourselves, there’s little room left for Jesus anywhere.
There’s one more verse in our passage that I want you to look at: Verse 13. “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
We are the salt of the earth. We are put here to sprinkle the world with the goodness of Christ. But, if we aren’t consumed with Christ, and we are consumed with ourselves, our “salt” doesn’t have much flavor any more, and we’re not doing what Christ wants us to do. We are simply there. “Good for nothing.” And we should be cast out or trodden under the feet of men. Harsh words, but Jesus is trying to make a point. How we live our lives, the examples we set for our children, our friends, the unsaved, should always point to Jesus. If we are hungering and thirsting after Him, we will. If we are hungering after brownies, chips, or just pleasing our flesh in whatever way, we may miss our opportunity to lead someone to everlasting life in Christ.
Think about the example you are setting right now. Do your Facebook posts reflect someone who lives her life in Christ? Does your at home life mirror your “at church life”? There should be no double life in the life of a true Christian. There should only be one life, a life that revolves around our Savior.
1. Has there been a change in the things you hunger after? Are you finding yourself more “full” when you focus on the things of Jesus, rather than what’s in your fridge?
2. Are you happy with the example you are setting to those around you? Do you think there are any areas where you need to improve?
Exercise at least 30 minutes and drink 8 glasses of water.