Hunger for Jesus is awakened and fueled as we deliberately position and incline our lives towards God through prayer, fasting, biblical meditation, and holiness to become familiar with heaven. More specifically familiar with the throne of God, where Christ is seated and our union with Him in heaven. “The prophetic cry of the hour is for the church to set their lives on heaven. Heaven is the least spoken on reality in the church and yet is was the driving force of the early apostles.” Corey Russell’
3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3: 1-2 ESV
18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5 ESV
In the natural what we see or set on our minds on affects our hunger response. I may not even be hungry but simply watching a television commercial can stimulate my appetite. Smelling a BBQ restaurant can have me fantasizing and salivating over food in a moment.
Having a proper perspective of Heaven and Jesus will also began to stir hunger for the things of God. Encountering Jesus through the Bible, worship, and daily prayer can stimulate spiritual hunger just like sights, smells, and other triggers provoke our natural appetites. Like the parable of the Talents, if you’re faithful with a little you will be given more. I used to feel like the Lord was unjust, not for firing the fearful guy, but because all of three guys weren’t given the same amount. One day as I was meditating on this story, Holy Spirit whispered, “You aren’t doing the math right! The Kingdom isn’t limited to your addition and multiplication. If the man with the “one talent” had invested it whole heartedly, as was the expectation, he could have been rewarded with ten or even more. Kingdom mathematics and rewards aren’t dependent upon how much you have, but rather what you do with what you have.” This simple profound revelation is a real game changer. Want more hunger for the LORD? Act upon that which you’ve already been given!