“In Spirit and in Truth” John 4:21-24

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

John 4:24

 

It is hard to imagine what the presence of God would be like, yet Jesus offers a taste through calling us to worship “in spirit and in truth.”  “Attending to the Ordinances of God” is a way which we can truly be caught up in God’s grace, whether through partaking of the Lord’s Supper or celebrating worship.  If we believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in worship, that God comes to us in Spirit when we raise our hands to truly give honor and praise to the creator of the universe and the author of our salvation then we will truly come to know even more completely what an incredible gift God has offered to us.  To worship in “spirit and in truth” is to come to worship with an open heart, an open mind, and a soul longing to be drawn closer to Jesus.  To some, worship may be the thing to do on Sunday.  For others, a chance to sing familiar tunes; and for others worship is a time to just get away from life for but an hour.  So what if we saw worship as a celebration of the presence of God, no matter our circumstances or our disposition at the time. What if we came to worship to do nothing more than to give thanks to the Lord our God?  When we worship in spirit and in truth we recognize our absolute dependence on God and our need to come into God’s presence with a spirit of humility, openness, and joy.  Worship out of a sense of duty or tradition is no worship at all; worship becomes then only something to do, not to experience and celebrate.  As a “means of grace,” corporate worship is crucial to feeding our souls and living a transformed life.  When we worship in “spirit and in truth” as Jesus calls us to do, we experience the amazing grace and incredible joy that can only come from God’s Holy Spirit.  As the Psalmist writes, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God…O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.” (Ps. 84)  Thank you Jesus!

Pastor Tom

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