In the exhortation "How Great Do You Want To Be?", we saw that our exploits in all areas of life depend on our spiritual understanding. We also learnt that we determine our degree and rate of growth by our commitment to the Word. The more we spend time with the Living Word of God, the more we grow into the stature of Christ.
This work must continue until we are all joined together in what we believe and in what we know about the Son of God. Our goal is to become like a full-grown man—to look just like Christ and have all his perfection.
Ephesians 4:13 ERV
Now, one key factor that determines our commitment level to the Word of God (and ultimately, our rate of growth) is our 'spiritual hunger'.
You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
Matthew 5: 6 MSG
Hence, today we would look at what spiritual hunger is and how to develop an appetite for the Word of God.
Hunger refers to a mindset of spiritual emptiness and readiness to receive to satisfy our desires.
Even honey seems tasteless to a man who is full; but if he is hungry, he’ll eat anything!
Proverbs 27:7 TLB
Please note that the keyword in that definition is 'mindset'. It is a choice made and not an imposed state. It is counting all we (believe to) know as nothing, so we can receive more from our Father.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3: 13 - 14 KJV
Hunger encompasses a willingness and a willingness to unlearn what we know. It means gladly learning the same things over and over again.
If we are hungry and thirsty, we are willing and ready to go out of our comfort zone to get revelation. We are prepared to break our routine to wait on God and seek His Word.
Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long.
Psalm 25: 5 AMPC
To help us grasp the concept of spiritual hunger, let us look at some examples of the physical results of a longing heart. A hungry person would gladly:
Skip a meal or two, so he can save money to buy a book/CD
Shutdown their business to travel for a meeting
Spend hours in the Word in search of an answer from Heaven
Build their schedules around their fellowship time
Spend time waiting on God
Next, we are going to look at signs of lack/absence of spiritual hunger.
But first, here are a few questions we must ask ourselves
Am I willing to accept a new scriptural belief if it means letting go of what I currently believe?
Have I gotten to the point where I feel there is nothing new to learn concerning any particular topic in scriptures?
Am I willing to make sacrifices so I can have (greater) access to the Word?
*1 Corinthians 8: 2
*John 9: 39 - 41
*Luke 6: 25
*Psalm 143: 6
*Psalm 39: 7