Day 72 – Spirit and Truth
Brother Lawrence picks up on the words of Jesus: “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
“I say that adoring God in spirit and in truth means adoring God as we are suppose to adore him. God is spirit and we must adore him in spirit and in truth, that is, with humble, authentic adoration of spirit in the depths and center of our souls.”
“Adoring God in truth means recognizing him for what he is and recognizing ourselves for what we are. Adoring God in truth means recognizing truly, really, and in spirit that God is what he is, infinitely perfect, infinitely adorable, infinitely removed from all evil, and so on for all the divine attributes. Who are we, and what reason could excuse us from using all our strength to offer this great God all respect and adoration?”
We worship God “in the Spirit”, not just in a church worship service, but from the depths and center of Christ in us and with the power of the Spirit upon us. The Holy Spirit regenerates us, confirms truth in us, and fill us with his presence, so we are energized to worship God.
We worship God “in truth” by acknowledging the true God of the Bible and expressing true worth to God with true heartfelt sincerity.
This real God we adore spiritually by faith is truly and really God: All knowing and all good. All powerful and all loving. Separate from us, yet wants to be near us. Doesn’t need us, but delights to be with us.
While many seek a spirituality without boundaries, Brother Lawrence calls us to cultivate the presence of the God of Christianity, the God of Spirit and truth. A continual worship that is rooted in Scripture, centered upon Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
This worship we express in humility. Some might think that humility is a self-deprecating attitude.
Humility, however, is merely recognizing God for who he is and recognizing ourselves for who we are. God is truly and really infinite, perfect, and holy in all his attributes. We are finite, flawed, and fickle in all our ways. God is God and we are not.
And though in our sinful nature, we are so unlike God, the Lord saves us, transfuses his nature in ours, and makes us like himself. That’s amazing grace!
Indeed, it would be the height of irreverence not to give God our lives, our love, our service, our worship completely and continually. God indeed is worthy of all our worship!
Action Step: Pray: “Lord, make me a continual worshiper of you!”
This is God’s Word for you today,