I spent a good deal of time during my uni days, reading and listening to motivational materials. It was the thing that ‘serious’, ‘forward looking’ people did at that time. One of my favourite audio tapes at that time was Les Brown’s “You got to be hungry”.
The short version of the gist is; if you are hungry enough for anything, you could get it. That message still resonates with me today but I find that the things that I am hungry for today aren’t quite the same as back then.
This morning as I studied in Mathew 5, I realized that Les Brown didn’t come up with the idea that, if you really want to accomplish a thing, “you got to be hungry” for it. It was Jesus in fact who said…
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6 NKJV)
As I pondered the verse, I realized that our attitude about righteousness is largely “oh sure, I don’t mind a pinch of that”. Jesus teaches here however that if we want a full measure of righteousness, we have to have an unquenchable thirst, and insatiable hunger for it.
Do you want righteousness? You got to be hungry!