#392 - SPIRIT AND TRUTH (13/7/21)
During this LEARNING TO HEAR series I’m taking a different approach to these devotionals. I want to us work harder at searching the scriptures for ourselves. We will use the ‘Come to Jesus Daily’ method below to help us with this. It’s well worth the hard work involved!
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.’” (John 4:23-24)
I’ve included my reflections on today’s text below. However, I encourage you to pray and spend time reflecting (writing can be helpful) using the 5 questions below before reading my thoughts.
i. †GOSPEL - 'Gaze on the cross'- What does this text reveal about salvation through Jesus?
ii. UP – What does this text say about God – His worth, character, attributes, will, promises…?
iii. IN – What does this say about me, the church and how we are to relate? Is there a promise to believe, command to do, attitude to have, something to avoid, is there forgiveness to seek or give?
iv. OUT – What does this say about my community and mission?
v. DO - This has two components. Firstly, list as many possible ways that you can think of that one might apply the text (actions or attitudes). Secondly, hear - Pray about how the Holy Spirit is leading you, specifically, to respond.
God has made us into worshippers. Like this woman at the well - who comes to worship God through this encounter - Jesus has reached out to us; His grace has transformed us. Our spirits and minds have been renewed. Through the truth of the gospel, we have been made alive to God by the Spirit.
Some thoughts about God from this text: God is spirit. The Shorter Catechism declares that, as spirit, He is
‘Infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power holiness justice, goodness and truth’.
The Lord seeks worshippers who worship in ‘spirit and truth’; He wants our worship is to be full of truth - full of definition - full of ‘truth’ - as to who He is. He also wants our worship to be in ‘spirit’. He wants authentic worship from the heart - from a heart renewed by the Spirit.
This text also shows us that God has worked in different ways at different times in history; He reveals that ‘the time has come’ when He is building a ‘spirit and truth’ people from all nations.
The Father wants our hearts and minds engaged in worship. In every context, we are to worship: every day, at all times, in every place, in everything we are to worship.
“Holy Spirit, help me to do this please. Please ‘seek’ our hearts and make us a Spirit and truth church.”
The Father is seeking to make more worshippers as He is doing with this woman at the well. like Jesus, We are to make the most of every opportunity that the father puts us in. The chance conversations are often God-given opportunities.
“Father, help me to see the opportunities that you are giving to me. Fill me with the compassion to make the most of every opportunity.”