Since our youth camp this summer I've been mulling the concept of "in spirit and in truth" mentioned in John 4. In the amplified version it words it this way,
"23 A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers. 24God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality)."In spirit and in REALITY...that's the part that has really got me to thinking. I believe (although not sure how exegetically sound this is) that a huge part of this life of Christ-following is wrapped up in those words "in spirit and in truth/reality". God is seeking people who will be genuine and worship Him with their entire being, their spirit AND their everyday life. The message puts it like this.
"...That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration."How often do I take a few moments to connect to God because that's what I'm supposed to do. Do I really worship Him with the core of who I am? Do I worship Him in the honest reality of my whole life? I know in my spirit I love and adore my heavenly Father, but do I love and adore Him in the reality of life, laundry and baby diapers? Am I guilty of seperating spirit and reality? Do I worship God in my quiet time and then not work it out into my everyday? I don't think I like my answers to those questions right now.
These are just a few of my thoughts today. They aren't very complete or thought through, but I wanted to get it out there.