~ Need Happiness? ~
Do you know who’s going to be the happiest man in all eternity?
The following is an excerpt from a book.
Now the Lord Jesus said this, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Why? “For they shall be filled.” Hunger and thirst. Why didn’t He say, “Blessed are the righteous?” Because most of us aren’t. He said this, “Blessed are those who do hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Why? “Because they shall be filled.” Depending on your hunger for righteousness, depending on your thirst for righteousness, to that extent you will be filled.
Do you know who’s going to be the happiest man in all eternity? I’ll tell you who it’s going to be. It’s going to be Jesus Christ. Do you want me to tell you why? Because Jesus Christ was parched for God and for righteousness. He loved both. He had moral passions. That’s what the Scripture says, “Thou lovest righteousness.” Notice the sequence. “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.”
Because Jesus Christ loved righteousness and hated iniquity, God filled His cup full. He loved righteousness more than any other man loved righteousness, because He was infinite in His desire. Thou hast loved righteousness, therefore God has filled Your cup fuller than the cup of those around you.
Understand this and you will be happy. You will have whole-hearted joy in heaven and a corresponding desire for righteousness on earth. The Lord Jesus did not say, “Blessed are the righteous,” but rather, “Blessed are those who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
~ from “JIM ELLIOT: A Christian Martyr Speaks to You, pgs 29-30 (ISBN: 9781615797646)
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW