What Creates Thirst, Evans Olang

Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled

The times I step out to witness to the lost, I usually learn a thing or two about the lost. One thing I have learnt in my encounter with the unsaved is that 99% of the ones I have talked to were not searching. They were comfortable where they were (sinful life) and they hoped that God will weigh their good and bad deeds. If they are good as many tell me, God will overlook their bad and let them into heaven. If we, the soundly saved Christians wait untill they come to church to hear the gospel before they get saved, very few will and many will continue to have false assurance.

Acts 16, Paul and Silas were jailed, at midnight as they were praying, singing praises and worship to God, vs. “26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” 29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

How many of the unsaved do you ever hear cry, “what must I do to be saved?” They are comfortable where they are. The bible says in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled” and how many of the unsaved do you hear hunger and thirst for righteousness? By righteousness I mean the hunger to be made right. It is the righteousness of God through Christ that saves. We will enter into heaven not because we are good people but because we are bad people (wretched) who Christ has made right in His righteousness. And those who do not think they are hungry will not thirst to be filled.

If the unsaved are not hungry to be made right, what will create the kind of hunger we read of the prison keeper who said, “sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The key is in Matthew 5:13, where Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; …”, but what does that mean? Salt does a lot of things and one of the things it does, IT CREATES THIRST. When we share with the lost about sin, judgment, God’s righteousness, His holiness, hell, heaven, all we are doing is sharing God’s word that creates hunger and thirst, and the more we share the more they become thirsty. The word drives away false hope leaving them hungry and thirsty for righteousness, and with an cry they say, “then what must I do to be filled (saved)” and Jesus like in John 4 who gives the water of salvation to satisfy the thirst the law demands (righteousness) and the unsaved never thirst again to be made right because the thirst has been satisfied through the righteousness of God in Christ.

As salt, we must go out on the highway and the byways and speak to the lost, give them something to make them hunger and thirst for righteousness and when they cry “what then must we do to be saved”, we then give them God’s means of salvation, Jesus Christ. I have seen that they are not coming, so I am going after them because Jesus said so. Blessings Ev

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