"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.Matthew 5:6(ESV)
Although written specifically to the Jewish nation this verse in Matthew has a wonderful application to all church age believers – the Lord specifically said that people were blessed who hungered and thirsted for righteousness… and in Proverbs we are challenged that whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find it , they will find life, righteousness, and honour - yet a few verses later Jesus warned us that unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven – for the righteousness that they sought was self-righteousness and not Christ’s righteousness.
But Paul reminds us that even if we were to keep to every letter of the law like the Jewish leaders that Jesus mentioned, we would never achieve righteousness, for we are all born with an inherent sin nature and there is none good – no not even one. We do not have any righteousness of our own, nor can we make ourselves righteous – and the wages of unrighteousness is death.
We were imputed with a sin nature through Adam and the only One that is righteous is the Lord Jesus. But to those that believe, Christ Jesus IS our righteousness – and His righteousness comes to us, from God, on the basis of faith. He is the God of righteousness and in Christ, we are clothed in His righteousness. In the power of the Holy Spirit we are being changed into His likeness and conformed more and more into His image. How blessed are those that hunger and thirst for the righteousness of Christ - for they shall indeed be satisfied – in HIM.
Our hunger and thirst should not be more of our own righteousness, for our righteousness is as filthy rags to the Lord - but more of Christ. Our hunger and thirst should be for Him – for Christ – that we may grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ – for as we yield our lives to the Holy Spirit He will conform us to become more and more like Christ - for in HIM is life and righteousness and honour – and all who seek Christ – Who is our righteousness, will be satisfied.
Loving Father, I long for Christ more and more – I hunger and thirst for Christ and that You that I am already clothed in His righteousness - knowing because I believe, my position is in Him. Now Lord may I grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Help me to nail my self-righteous efforts on the cross and be guided day by day by the Holy Spirit into all truth, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.