Posted by: everynation | December 10, 2008

Spiritual Hunger

brett-fullerby Brett Fuller

Hunger is the signal that our body needs “input” in order to be sustained at an optimal level. As I was reading the story in Matt 19:16-22, I was struck by the fact that the central figure (the rich young ruler) in the passage had a legitimate spiritual hunger- he desired to know how to obtain eternal life now. When he approached Christ, inquiring as to how he might satisfy his craving, Jesus’ initial dietary suggestion did not suffice for “he had eaten that meal”, yet still had “rumblings in his stomach”. This prompted the young man in vs. 20 to ask, “What am I still lacking?” Christ told him that if he wished to be “complete”, he had to sell all he had and give the proceeds to the poor. At this suggestion, the young ruler went away dejected for he was unwilling to part with his riches.

How hungry are you? This young wealthy man was unwilling to digest the full will of God. He only wanted the appetizer. To be “complete” (mature, finished), our pallets cannot afford to be selective. We must accept God’s meal plan and learn to enjoy it. Those who “pick over” the food Christ sets on their plate will always find themselves as hungry leaving the table as when they came. Eat right, eat well…

Brett Fuller is the senior pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia. He is also the founder of the Legacy Institute and the president and co-founder of African American Resource Ministry (AARM).

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