When you are “in love” with someone, don’t you passionately hunger and thirst for them? When you get married, don’t you vow to be ALL his/hers and no other? This is an all or nothing relationship. So, can you honestly say you hunger and thirst for Righteousness? How passionate is your relationship with Jesus/Yeshua? Is it ALL – like we sing about on Sunday morning in church? Do we really surrender all to Jesus? Is Jesus and His righteousness really our daily necessity and priority?
It is so easy to become lukewarm. I understand why we become tolerant of unrighteousness and compromise with the self focused worldview of our culture. We want to be nice and encouraging and make people feel good, even if they are going the wrong way. No one wants to confront with the truth even when it is done in love. And who wants to be different than most people around them? No one wants to be a “Jesus freak” or “old fashioned” or a “religious bigot” or “too heavenly minded to be of earthly good”! Right? I have the same problem with boldness. Even the apostle Paul asked people to pray for him that he might speak boldly.
I am concerned that “Christian normal” is becoming going to church on Sunday and singing uplifting songs of praise and commitment and then hear some encouraging words, only to leave the building and live the rest of the week without Jesus/ Yeshua. The “Christian normal” is being a little better morally than the world, but not sold out to Jesus/Yeshua every day in every word and every deed. “Christian normal” is compromise and tolerance to “fit in” with the world with the excuse of love and grace. Actually, not speaking the truth in love to wrong thinking or behavior is enabling it, and is not loving or full of grace. Yet, “Christian normal” is more concerned about what peers think and feel than about what God thinks or feels. Or it is more about “self” than it is about Him.
God knows if there is hypocrisy in our hearts and lives. It is not a new thing. This same heart problem happened to the Israelites in the Old Testament. Read Isaiah 1: especially verses 11-18. Their hearts and lives were full of hypocrisy. They were coming to worship and sacrifices, but their hearts and daily lives were far from God. They wanted to participate in the pagan celebrations and festivities of their day as well as worship Yahweh. This is like an adulterous wife pledging her faithfulness and flattering her husband with words and gifts, but walking out the door into another man’s arms! Can you see why God hates that? It looks good on the outside, but the inside is corrupted.
Jesus also warns the church about this in Revelation 2: 4-5 where he asks us to repent and come back to Him, our first Love……and He also warns in Revelation 3:14-22 where He says He spits out the lukewarm calling His people to repentance and the pursuit of righteousness.
We need to know the whole character of God! His great love is a jealous love. Remember the first commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength? If our hearts are right with God, we should be passionately hungering and thirsting after His righteousness.
We are to deny “self”, lose “self”, give up “self”, kill the old “self”, take up our cross and follow Jesus in order to gain Him and all His promises. Only then will be satisfied in Him.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6