With 20 twenty somethings gathered in our old barn, we started our trek through the Sermon on the Mount with "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for Righteousness sake, for they shall be filled."
We spent some time talking about the implications of being hungry for satisfaction, and most of us agreed, we spend entirely too much time and energy trying to satisfy the hunger for rest with things that don't help. Money, Success, Validation, Love; all good things in and of themselves, but when they become the "go to" places where we seek rest, we've forgotten.
All of us know wealthy people who long for satisfaction.
There were stories of CEO's of Fortune 500 companies looking for validation.
And when we started talking about the notion of marriage, it was interesting to see how many thought once you get married, life will just start to spin in the right direction.
Jesus' proclamation here is grandiose in scale. Certainly, those who long for the world to spin right will see that it is going to spin right someday. Jesus came so that God's beginning work of reconciling all things to Himself may begin. But on a micro level, those things we look to for satisfaction serve only to satisfy for a short time. We all have a longing to be filled. We all were created with a sense of the world being a "right" place.
We want a world void of death.
We work diligently to relieve the human condition from disease.
We have places of conflict resolution in hopes we can make Peace.
But all those things are only temporary.
The only true Peace in our souls, and in the world for that matter; is going to come when God makes All Things New Again.
It was an interesting morning. We skipped down through the rest of the sermon and have committed to have the rest memorized by tomorrow.
If you're on the Journey with us, we're now through Matthew 5:3-12.