Have you ever noticed how many posts on social media are discussing food? People describing the flavors of their last meal – tempting your tastebuds with pictures of savory meals, tantalizing treats, delectable desserts, and dazzling drinks… just the sight or description of a good thing can stir up physical desire – awaken your appetite, right?
What if my relationship with God was so alive – so delightful – so real and powerfully at work in me that others just looking on would become spiritually hungry? Is that what Jesus meant when he said we should be the salt of the earth? Bring on the flavor! Let’s whet people’s appetites for God!
If we never experienced physical hunger, what would that mean? Would we learn to recognize when our bodies were growing weak and needed food to sustain us? A loss of physical appetite is associated with illness. What about a loss of spiritual hunger?
I’ve been thinking lately about this. We need to pray for people to be more hungry for spiritual reality… Christians need to be hungry to know and experience God… and people from all faiths and all backgrounds in every corner of the world need to hunger and thirst for spiritual reality. We’re built as physical and spiritual beings. If we have no spiritual hunger, something isn’t right.
I’m convinced that if people, even in the most isolated corners of the earth, are hungry enough, God will meet them in spirit and in truth… but hunger is necessary.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
Let’s pray for a hunger that will not settle for anything but the deepest Truth. May the world be truly hungry for righteousness.