If there were a hole in the roof, it would be a good idea to fix it immediately so the rain does not come in. If a freezing, winter breeze blue in under the door we would find a way to eliminate it in order to stay warm. If there were a spiritual hole in our heart, it would also be a good idea to repair it before it wears thin, threatening to freeze our life purpose.
The Beatitudes -- Jesus' instructions for us from the Gospel -- know how to fix holes in our heart. They teach us how to live on earth and leave behind an equity legacy; one that yields great rewards in eternity. Finding our earthly purpose by following God's teaching grants us passage in eternity as leaders and rulers with Jesus.
"Blesses are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they; will be filled (Matthew 5:5-6).
Becoming meek and thirsting for righteousness sounds great, but how do we achieve those qualities or understand what it all means? How do we begin after salvation to be more like Jesus? How do we begin after salvation to be more like Jesus in a world that darkens daily? This is something I cannot do on my own.
The Old Testament ends with a curse (Malachi 4:6) the gospel begins with the blessing of Jesus. Each of the blessings Christ pronounces through His Word has a double intention.
1. To show what type of character generates true happiness
2. To show us that happiness is based on our performance
If we follow the example of Jesus, we can attain purity-of-heart assisted by the Holy Spirit. The Beatitudes, describe future rewards if we hunger and thirst for a meekness that produces a pure heart.
Meekness desc ribes not the weak, but the strong (Matthew 5:5). The Holy Spirit replaces soul-ruptures with strength to forge through to our destiny. A weak roof cannot fix itself. We need an expert to repair the damage ... or to tear the old roof down and install a new one. If we are weak, the Holy Spirit repairs the rip in the fabric of our heart; replacing wounds with indescribable strength in order to confront storms pouring down, healing and protecting the interior of our soul.
Hunger and thirsting for righteousness signifies a strong desire to become more Christ-like (Matthew 5:6). Paul is an example of being completely human, making murderous mistakes, yet becoming filled with a righteous strength through trusting Christ in all things. It was not Paul alone accomplishing wondrous and exciting miracles bringing thousands of Gentiles to Christ, but the Holy Spirit in him. Paul had a seed of willingness. And that allowed God to unfold the truth in him leaving an equity legacy that will yield great rewards in eternity.
Brings blessings (Psalms 37:11; Matthew 5:5)
Allows the Messiah to minister (Isaiah 11:4; Luke 4:18)
Is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23)
Is an expression of wisdom (James 3:13)
Greek philosophy understood righteousness to be one of the cardinal virtues that quenched the hunger of needing God. Thirsting for faith is the conditioning method for receiving the gift of righteousness.
Hunger and Thirst:
Is earnestly desiring God's will and becomes a reality (Matthew 4:1-5)
Is hungering for something other than food to satisfy (John 6:35)
Is righteousness through absolute faith in and commitment to God (Matthew 3:15; 1 Peter 2:24)
Is God's power working to transform us (Romans 4:1-6)
God desires our thankfulness for strength without inappropriate self-sufficiency (Isaiah 40:29-31). Even the strongest people get tired. However, God's power and strength never diminishes. He is never too tired or busy to help and listen. When you feel the roof falling in on you, and you cannot go another step, remember to call on God to renew your strength. Hope in the Lord means expecting His promise of strength for distractions and difficulties; hope means trusting Him to fulfill His promises.
Does your heart need fixing? If so, repair it before you heart wears thin threatening to let in the cold. Meekness, hunger, and a thirst for God is the solution to having your needs met.