“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6)

Every week at our church we have something transitional in the order of service. It’s a short exhortation that helps us transition from our occupation with the secular, and focus our thoughts on the sacred. Various elders and aspiring leaders are given the opportunity to present these, and I’ve included one below.

by Alan Lenz

You and I live in a world filled with dissatisfied people who spend their days in the frantic pursuit of fulfillment in one thing after another, after another …

This can become a desperate pursuit. Countless people wrongly assume that true happiness is to be found in work, in worldly success, in human relationships, in pleasure, in wealth – the list goes on and on without end. At the end, all that remains is weariness, frustration, emptiness, and dissatisfaction.

Why is this? The truth is that as creatures made in the image of God, nothing but a personal relationship through His Son, Jesus Christ, can provide true meaning, true happiness, and ultimate fulfillment.

Jesus made this truth crystal clear in the verse printed on the front of your bulletin – Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” “Blessed” is a very rich word that means “truly fortunate, highly favored, happy, fulfilled”.

And who, according to our Lord, will be blessed? Those who hunger and thirst for – those who long for – true righteousness. Only those who have turned away from this world and all of it’s false promises – away from self and sin – coming by faith to Jesus Christ to receive the gift of His perfect righteousness will be truly satisfied. Let’s worship our Lord from hearts that overflow with thanks and praise to the only one who gives us his righteousness, and satisfies our deepest need.

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