The Bible is a book of the promises of God. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, He unleashes a powerful promise. The promise to be filled with righteousness. In Ephesians Paul prays on behalf of the church in a similar vein, “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” There is a fullness to our walk with Jesus Christ. There is a degree, an amount, to our walk in the Spirit of the Lord. That’s good news, because it means with the realization that no one is perfect, we can achieve a greater level of Jesus, a greater level of the Fruit of The Holy Spirit. We can achieve a greater level of perfect Love! Jesus says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst…” Are you hungry? Are you thirsty for more of God in your life?
Physically we get hungry and thirsty when we diet, or fast. However, junk food can prevent us from getting hungry, even though we aren’t receiving the nutrients we need to be healthy. In a similar way, filling our spiritual lives with thing other than the things of God can slowly kill our hunger for the presence of God. The Bible says “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” God is so good that the more we taste of His goodness, the more we want! Even better, we have a promise from God that if we seek God with all of our heart, we will find Him. He wants to be found. Are you seeking the Lord with all your heart? Are you hungry for the things of God, or have you filled your spirit with cheap substitutes? The world has built many cheap tricks to fill the void that only God can satisfy. Without Jesus, they have to use entertainment and distractions in order to ignore the spiritual emptiness of a human experience without the Creator, who formed them in the womb.
Today, let’s pray the prayer of Paul in his letter to the Ephesian Church, may we be filled with ALL the fullness of God. May we have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and know the love of Christ, that surpasses knowledge. Let’s get spiritually hungry, spiritually thirsty. Let’s seek the Lord with all our heart, holding on to the promise that we shall be filled. Amen!
In an authoritative conclusion to what is commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives an illustration contrasting two men, each building a house. The difference, is the foundation on which each house is set. In this case, the foundation represents our core beliefs, the basic statements and teachings that represent our most firmly held principles. The house is a representation of who we are in totality. The house that is built represents our character. Who we are as a person is shaped by the beliefs and principles that we live out. It also represents our life on this earth, including our professional and familial roles. Finally, it represents the state of our eternal soul. The rains, wind, and flood represent adversity. These could be trials of character, disappointments, or suffering. They could represent circumstances, ideas or philosophies that shake our core beliefs, or unexpected chaos that threatens the order of life we have established. We will all experience the storms of life. Various trials, some painful, will come. It is our foundation that will determine whether who we are as a person, and what our life contains, will withstand this tribulation.
Only the teachings of Jesus provide a firm foundation. When ideas threaten to shake our faith, the words of Jesus shed light on our eternity. When circumstances threaten our security, health, or provision, it is the teachings of Jesus that we have implemented in our lives that provide firm support. When chaos threatens to shatter our world, it is the things we have done according to the Word of God that will remain in order. Throughout life’s various trials, the things that are unstable are stripped away, and only those things that are anchored in Christ will remain. And in the end, only those souls that have been converted will receive everlasting life. Today, whether in calm or stormy weather, may you build your character, your thoughts, your whole life on the Logos, The Word of God, and may you be empowered by the Holy Spirit to stand and remain blameless before God the Father at the end of the age.