No doubt you have had dreams, desires, hopes, and probably some goals along the way. But may I ask, “What is your overarching goal in life?” We might pitch the childhood question to you once again as an adult: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Jesus is saying, “There is something you can hunger and thirst for that will satisfy what I put in you.” Okay, I put words in His mouth… but I think He approves!
What if Jesus were our Hero, and we wanted to be just like Him? His values. His passion. His joys. Jesus’ promise to us describes another entire world: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (His character), for they shall be satisfied.” A whole other way of measuring, thinking, and valuing.
We don’t drift into what Jesus values; they only come by choice. Put these things first, Jesus says: My Kingdom, My character. This doesn’t mean your job is unimportant or your house or your children; but these don’t define who you are. In every culture, in every economy, in every circumstance — it’s really about your character.
If you’ve been following this series, I want to congratulate you for making it to this fourth step on the Eight Fold Path Series.. This is a special milestone on the path out of darkness. We’re halfway through the series, and this is a great time to stop and take stock of our progress.
Let’s go back to step one — ‘being poor in spirit’. In this step, we addressed performance-based habits and thinking. Step two was finding comfort in our mourning & pain. Step three is a special product of the first two — a humbling that leads us right to the heart of this step.
We begin to want what God wants. We begin to shed our instinct to meet our needs from ourselves, which of course never works anyway. Recognizing this is a big shift in all of us, and if you’re not tracking with me yet, I invite you just to spend more time with the past three exercises.
What I can tell you is this… your true character flows out of God’s righteousness. When we recognize our need, accept comfort, and allow ourselves to be led by Father, satisfaction rises. The God who created galaxies…has a purpose for us and the stories we will create on the path forward. This process has the power to transform the entire world.
It’s hard to convey the sacredness of this moment — this tipping point into real hunger for the character of God. I invite you to spend the next week exploring the first three steps and how they lead to this one. I’m looking forward to hearing from you about what you find.
I’m with you.