Sunday, June 26, 2011

Kingdom Attitude #4

The readings for today were from Luke 1:46-55 and Matthew 5:1-6 with verse 6 as the primary verse and it says "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

The message this morning was begun with a story about a hunger artist. The story, written by Franz Kafka, was about a guy the fasted for money. His manager would only let him fast for 40 days at a time, but he wanted to fast longer. Eventually, fasting stopped being a spectator event and he ended up joining a circus where he was pretty much ignored. When the circus manager finally noticed him he was almost dead and before he died he told the people that he only fasted because he couldn't find any food that satisfied him.

Is there something that you hunger for? Is there anything that satisfies your hunger?

People hunger for many different things, fitness, money, fame, etc. Few hunger for righteousness.

We need to be so hungry for righteousness that we feel like we would die without it, but it needs to be God's righteousness, not legal or moral righteousness.

Social righteousness cares about justice, relieving suffering and oppression, and things of God.


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