SERMON ON THE MOUNT
THE HAPPY HUNGRY
#5 - SERMON ON THE MOUNT
Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Hunger and thirst express two basic needs. The need for food and the need for water.
But for you and I to be truly happy, we must learn what it means to hunger and thirst. Not that we need to hunger and thirst after food and water to be happy. We must learn to hunger and thirst after righteousness in order to be happy.
Hunger and thirst are basic responses to needs.
The Lord Jesus is telling us here that the happy individual is one who hungers and thirsts after one of man's basic needs - the need to be right with God - righteousness!
To be right with God is more essential than having food to eat and water to drink.
Therefore our Lord is telling us to have true hunger and true thirst for righteousness, that is, being right with God.
In the original language these words are expressing a continuous hunger and a continuous thirst. We should be continually hungry and continually thirsty, and the result is we will continually satisfied.
What is going to happen when we hunger and thirst after righteousness?
We will lean on God.
We will learn from God.
We will live for God.
We will love with God.
LEANING ON GOD
When we lean on God we are expressing a reliance or faith in God. Hebrews 11:6
We must lean on God for RIGHTEOUSNESS.
We must lean on God for righteousness because we have no righteousness of our own. Romans 3:10-12
We are unrighteous before God.
We need forgiveness.
We need cleansing.
We need guilt removed.
We need eternal life.
We need righteousness.
Do you know why Jesus Christ died?
Yes, He died for your sins, and the sins of the whole world.
Yes, He died so you can be forgiven.
Yes, He died so you can go to Heaven, if you trust Him as your Savior.
But He also died so God could declare you righteous, or right with Him! 2 Corinthians 5:21
You see, when our sins are dealt with
When are sins are paid for
When are sins have been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ we have the opportunity to be made right with God!
We are declared righteous by God, when we place our faith in that shed blood of Christ.
Because Christ already died, has already been buried, and has already risen from the dead, all I must do for righteousness is to lean on Him by faith.
Have you leaned on God by putting your faith in Christ for righteousness?
Those of us who have leaned on Christ for salvation should not stop learning. We are to hunger and thirst after righteousness in such a way that we continue to lean on Him!
1 Corinthians 1:30
Just as I could not be right with God apart from leaning on Christ by faith, I can not live a righteous life, apart from leaning on Christ now.
He is my righteousness. Galatians 2:20
See yourself as dead!
When Christ died, you died.
See yourself as alive.
When Christ rose from the dead, you rose from the dead with Him.
See yourself as having Christ alive and living inside of you.
Christ liveth in me!
See yourself as leaning on Him for a righteous life!
…The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Our hunger and thirst should be such that we simply trust Christ who is in us to live His life through us.
Be hungry enough to totally rely on Christ for your righteous Christian life. Be thirsty enough to lean entirely on Him who lives in you, for everything!
LEARNING FROM GOD
You, dear Christian, come with an operator's manual. It tells you how to live your new life in Christ. It tells you how to adjust and let Christ run your new life.
It tells you how to maintain your new life in righteousness.
And the real enthusiast as a Christian, the one who will hunger and thirst after righteousness, is going to hunger and thirst after this book in order to learn from God.
1 Peter 2:1-3
Just as a baby craves milk, so should we crave the Word of God.
For it will teach us who we are in Christ, and how we should act in Christ.
LIVING FOR GOD
If you hunger and thirst after righteousness, it means you want your life to count for God.
You want your life to count for God not just on Sunday, but all week.
In living for God, there are two verses I suggest you pray over this week: Matthew 5:16, Psalm
LOVING WITH GOD
Because Christ lives in you, he wants to love through you!
Jesus Christ gave the greatest expression of love when He went to the cross.
1 John 4:10
And now Christ wants us to express Christ's love to an unsaved world and even to our enemies.
Christ especially wants us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. John 13:34-25