“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled,” Matthew 5:6
As a mom, I remember distinctly the graduations of my children. They were very proud moments for parents and students alike. As each graduate would come out during the processional, moving closer to the stage, soon to walk across it to receive their diplomas, you could see the look of accomplishment etched proudly on their faces. A contentment that had washed over each of them that declared, “I made it!” And with that, the feeling of fulfillment begins to set it.
Those joyous times that we get to celebrate achievements are wonderful. No one can take away the feelings of awe and satisfaction that comes with that sense of accomplishment. Unfortunately, as Christians, I think we place too much value on the accomplishments to satisfy us and not enough value in the Christ that is already filling us.
Don’t get me wrong. In no way am I stating the celebrating of reaching these goals is wrong. As a matter of fact, I believe it’s a very healthy thing to set goals and be proud of the achievement that follows.
What of the times in-between? Most of our every day is what one would define as, “Humdrum.” There are times when we are not in the process of celebrating those wonderful graduating victories. What of that time?
This is where most will begin to feel a sense of loss; a sense of not quite being worthy enough; carrying a feeling of not measuring up to one’s self or another’s standard. These in-between times are when people start to lose spiritual footing. Some may even begin to venture backwards with the feeling of, “Why should I even bother?”
That is not what God wants for us. He does not want you to base your self-worth off of the things that you have done, but rather off of who you are in Him. You are His child. You are the one that He allowed His Son to be sacrificed for. You are the one He chose to redeem. And, if God saw that much value in you to do all of that, how dare we look to accomplishments for satisfaction.
The Bible declares in Acts 17:28, “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being…” We don’t find who we are or content ourselves with anything outside of Him! When I wake up in the morning it’s not because of anything that I have done. The reason is because “in Him” I live, move and have my very being. I was not designed, as a child of God, to feel the need to be fulfilled anywhere other than in Him!
We don’t need to hunger after the things of this world. We don’t need to feel like we can only be complete during those graduation victories. Jesus said, “They which do hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled.” In other words, all we have to do is to have that sincere yearning within us to do that which is right for Him. He will fill us! We shall be satisfied because we have found out where our real value lies. In Him!
Graduation victories and celebrations of the same are wonderful, but we can’t live there all the time. Day to day, I have to know that because I am His child, and because I am hungering and thirsting after righteousness, I can be filled. Whether it is a rainy Monday, a get-over-the-hump Wednesday or a celebrating Sunday; because I am in Him and He is in me, I can always feel fulfillment in my life.