HUNGER

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.  Matthew 5:6

You may have experienced at some point in your life that the more you go after something the more of it you want.  This is certainly true of money and power.  We see that all around us.  I’ve also noticed that physical labor stirs up a physical hunger.  In other words, the more I exert energy through physical behavior, the more my body needs to be filled back up with something to burn, like carbs.

POURING IN AND POURING OUT

Cultivating is hard work, which in turn creates a hunger. If I’m cultivating spiritual behaviors both personally and in others, it develops a hunger and thirst for the things of God.  It’s this cycle of pouring in and pouring out.  They are interdependent actions that result in achieving maximum fruitfulness.  That’s the goal, right!  So what does this look like practically? 

A FEW APPLICATIONS

1. Asses your appetite.  What kinds of things are you “filling up with?”

2. If not already, have a plan to pour out both back to God in praise and into the lives of others in service.  These are all acts of Worship and will stir up an even deeper hunger and capacity to fill back up.

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. – 2nd Corinthians 9:10-11 (NIV)