John 4:23-24

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4 August, 2020

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JOHN 4:23-24

[Jesus said] "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."

TO PONDER

What does it mean to worship in the Spirit and in truth? Some people might argue that to worship in the Spirit involves some kind of spiritual out-of-body type of experience. That might very well be one way to worship in the spirit, but I am sure it is not the only way. Jesus himself gave glory to God the Father simply by living in and following the Father's will. This is part of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, to prompt and lead us in walking in the Father's will for our lives and making us more like Jesus. Worshipping in the Spirit is no more complicated than living a life directed by God. Having said that, we know that is no easy feat. Most of us struggle to do that on a daily basis. This is where the truth part comes in. We worship God who reveals himself to us through the truth of His Word. Reading God's word reminds us of the truth of our situation, of our need for Christ and the Holy Spirit convinces us of the truth of that word. You do not need to be a spiritual guru, capable of long periods of meditation or astral projection or other spiritual mumbo jumbo, all you need is the Holy Spirit which Jesus promised to all who follow him, and God's Word, the Bible; with these two things, which God gives freely, you have all that is needed to live a life of faith formed worship.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, sometimes it is too easy to forget that all that you have done for me is a gift of grace, that you offered your son Jesus Christ freely for me while I was still a sinner and well before I was even born. Help me to see and remember all the ways that you are at work in my life and pour your Holy Spirit on me again, to raise up in me a song of praise and worship to you, my God and my redeemer. Amen