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  • James Stegall

Hungering & Thirsting for Righteousness

Hungering and thirsting after righteousness is key to the Christian life. Hunger and thirst are things we generally run from in the physical aspects of our lives, yet Jesus tells us to embrace spiritual hunger and thirst as we desire more of God’s righteousness in our lives. This leaves us in the middle of the paradox of being given everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) yet still desiring more of the grace that has given us these things.

It is the paradox of being full yet desiring more. Christ has given us everything we need, yet we are to desire yet more of his righteousness in our lives, the lives of others, and in the world around us. We should hunger and thirst for deeper sanctification in our personal lives that leads to freedom from patterns of sin. Beyond ourselves, we should also thirst for others around us such as family members, friends, neighbors, or strangers to experience the righteousness that is found in living wholeheartedly for Christ. And for the world around us, we should long to see it experience the God of Righteousness unto a deep love for him.

This hunger is satisfied in this life when we see his love, power, and grace break into people’s lives, including our own, unto that love, power, and grace taking root in their hearts. We also look forward to the day when Christ returns and establishes his kingdom on the earth—the day in which his righteousness will cover the earth in the same way in which the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah, 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14; cf. Revelation 21:1-22:5).

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