Choosing what to be hungry for

If we won’t
Seek to be
In sync with God,
We’ll be hobbled
All life long.

Desires can be diminished,
Or they can be strengthened.
We have the choice
To revel in a desire
Or to resist it.
Choose to cultivate
Wholesome desires.

To “hunger and thirst for righteousness” is to crave and live to be in sync with and in submission to the living God. Jesus taught that being hungry to live right is a good thing. If we’d develop and pursue the desire to do right instead of wrong, we’d overcome much self-imposed destruction and guilt.

Desire’s good when it motivates you to pursue good; bad when it enslaves you to bad. Train your heart to hunger for what is right.

Without hunger for more of God, people become spiritually satisfied and complacent. If you’re not hungry for a closer relationship with God, you won’t be motivated to pursue Him.

The religious authorities “hurled insults at” a blind man Jesus caused to see and “threw him out.” (John 9.) They still do.

To admit that “Jesus is Lord,” is to surrender your will to His. Jesus’ Lordship, Jesus’ choice.

Jesus is the way
But He’s not a program,
A curriculum or technique,
Or a religion to follow.
He wants to personally lead His people
By His active presence within us.

To hunger
For what shames
Your conscience
Is to play
Guilty games.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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