I hate wasps.
My front porch is frequented by them. My barn is full of them. Yesterday, my oldest son and I freaked out together to discover one in my car as we sat down in it. Three weeks ago, my daughter stepped on one with bare feet and was stung.
I'm not a violent man, but I take great pleasure in killing wasps. We always try to keep at least 2 cans of wasp spray at the house to spray the evil creatures whenever we can. There is just a strange and possibly twisted pleasure to be found in watching a wasp drop to the ground the minute the spray hits it!
I hate sin more than I hate wasps. I love discovering tools and strategies to kill more and more sin in my life. I love seeing sin drop out of my life and die on the ground under my feet!
If you missed Sunday's sermon by Pastor Milton Hubbard, make sure you take time to listen to it on this website. We learned about righteousness. What it is, why you need it and how you get it. Sin is the enemy of righteousness.
This morning I am reflecting on a very great promise about righteousness that Jesus gives us in the Sermon on the Mount. I am choosing to view this verse like a can of wasp spray... except for sin.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
One of the keys to living righteously is simply wanting to. We aren't talking about a mild desire though. This verse says to hunger and thirst for it. Want it like you want food or water when you've been without both for a day or two. That is deep desire and our desires define us.
The great news is that Jesus has purchased your righteousness already. He has clothed you in His righteousness if your faith is in Him. So if you hunger for it and thirst for it, it is yours for the taking! It truly is a happy life to deeply desire something that is freely yours!
How simple. Just begin to want righteousness- really want it- and watch sin begin to drop like a wasp hit with wasp spray!
Let's do some exterminating together!
Milton Hubbard has served as Pastor of Living Word Assembly since 1977
Ryan Wheeler serves as Associate Pastor at Living Word Assembly.