|Mark 2:17 |
17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are whole have no need of a physician, but those who are sick, do. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."2
2 He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners. But the Jews thought they were righteous; and because they did not understand that they were sinners, they could not hear the call. What call? To Repent! Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Those calling themselves Christians, not living in the kingdom of heaven, nor walking by the promptings and energizing of the Spirit of God, and who think they are righteous, they are deaf; they cannot hear the true call of Jesus to repent with remission of sins.
Our hunger and thirst for righteousness is what motivates us to seek God. We long to be right. We long to be pleasing to him.
Christ said, But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (This is Jesus' highest priority instruction to us!)
We long to be like he has told us to be. The longing is our hunger and thirst.
Our hunger is a blessing in itself, for it is God's way of drawing us to himself. He gives us the hunger.
Our hunger motivates us to seek him diligently, for he is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
And his promise is, our hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled.
Woe to you who are well fed now, [think yourselves righteous] for you will go hungry. Luke 6:25
If we think we are righteous, we don't seek righteousness.
Those who thought they were righteous could not hear Jesus on the earth when he was here,
neither can they hear him today as he stands at the door to your heart and knocks.