Righteousness is the first of our eight Kingdom Core Values. It comes from this scripture:
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
This simple scripture teaches that righteousness “fills up” in me as my hunger and thirst level rise. In other words, them more hungry and thirstier I am for righteousness the more satisfied I will be.
Let’s take a closer look
The word satisfied is the Greek word chortázō. It means to feed, fill, or satisfy with food. It comes from chórtos which means the grass or herbage of the field. In this scripture Jesus is using the symbolism of the satisfaction a hungry person would get when they eat a full meal to reveal that the fill of righteousness begins with hunger.
So since hunger and thirst for righteousness are the agents which fill us with it, what is righteousness?
To truly understand this we will again look at the Greek language. Dikaiosúnē is the Greek word we translate righteousness from in this passage. It is a compound word. The two words that make it up are: díkaios, someone who is just or righteous and súnē.
Díkaios comes from the root word díkē. Díkē basically means expected behavior or conformity, not according to one’s own standard, but according to an imposed standard. Díkē is also a Greek goddess, the daughter of Zeus and the spirit of moral order and fair judgement in ancient Greek culture. The súnē ending of Dikaiosúnē makes this an abstraction.
Meaning, righteousness fulfills the claims of díkē. Which, in the case of the believer, are God’s claims.
We celebrate a culture of hunger
Since righteousness is a blessing we receive from God because of our hunger and thirst, everyone has all they need to filled with God’s standard of righteousness. At Calvary we celebrate a culture of Hunger for God and He blesses us with righteousness!