Sunday, April 29, 2018

Self-Righteous People Don't Hunger for Righteousness

I picked this flower from our back yard and gave it to Linda

Last Sunday morning at Redeemer I was with forty kids during our kids church time. Once a month, I am teaching them the Beatitudes.

Last week it was Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

I'd been thinking about that verse a lot, preparing to be with some of our kids. I have found it true that, when I teach something, I learn more than my students.

Why doesn't everyone who says they are a Jesus-follower hunger and thirst and pant and long and desire for righteousness? I found the answer while reading, just now, Jack Deere's Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life

Deere writes:

People who already feel righteous don’t hunger and thirst for it. (p. 111)

My two books are:

I'm working on #s 3 and 4 - hopefully out in 2019:

How God Changes the Human Heart (A Phenomenology of Spiritual Transformation)

Technology and Spiritual Formation

AND... I recommend two new books by two good friends: