Blessed are the Spiritually Famished
We've all seen the televised images of starving children in countries experiencing food and water shortages. Mothers, holding their babies with bellies bloated from severe malnutrition, desperately seek food and water. If they can't find what they seek, their children will die.
This kind of desperation is what Jesus was talking about when He told us to hunger and thirst for righteousness. He wants us to be as passionate about doing God's will as parents in developing countries are about getting food or clean water. Our bodies can't survive without food, and our souls can't live without righteousness.
So how do we hunger and thirst for righteousness? It is the passionate pursuit of God's righteousness in our own lives. His righteousness is living in God's will day in and day out.
When we passionately pursue His will, other things become less of a priority and we will remove any distractions that do not contribute to that pursuit.