“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6, NKJV
Why does Jesus use both hunger and thirst when referring to righteousness? It becomes clear when we understand that both hunger and thirst are fundamental aspects of things required for the sustainment of life (i.e. food and water). When we are hungry, we eat…when we are thirsty, we drink…thus sustaining life. The same goes for righteousness…the hunger and thirst for it leads to life and life more abundantly.
Furthermore, when we simply eat and drink out of an obligation to live, there is no satisfaction connected to these actions. However, when we truly hunger and thirst for these things, eating and drinking becomes much more satisfying!
The questions then become: What do we hunger and thirst for in our lives today? Do they lead to a more abundant life in Christ through righteousness, or simply sustain our existence with no abundance or victory?