I have recently been challenged to the core of my being to reevaluate the depth of my faith, and the sincerity of my love. I easily wear my faith on my sleeve. It pops into my conversation continually. I talk freely of my love for God and family.
But, how deep does it go? How much do I feel the words that I so confidently speak?
Once again, God is a step ahead. Preparing the chapters in the Bible I had planned to read. Choosing the pages in books that I worked my way toward. Orchestrating the sermons my pastor brought before the congregation. It seems it was all designed just for me and this current issue I wrestle through.
In the Bible . . . I read the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus told her in John 4:24, "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." People err on both ends here. Some compromise truth for too much "spirit" and others leave out the spirit and pound out the truth. We need both, in balance.
In my reading . . . in Satisfy my Thirsty Soul, Linda Dillow challenges our personal worship experience. We need to take that time to worship, to praise Him, to completely open our hearts to Him, for our spirit to join as one with Him (I Corinthians 6:17). My worship sometimes lacks passion, emotion, depth. It is often more of an intellectual experience than a moving, spiritual one. I am seeking balance in this area.
In my church . . . we have looked at love and how it must grow in our lives. If I am a follower of God, love will flow naturally from the core of my being. As selfless love takes control of my thoughts and actions, His Spirit will overflow driving me to praise and action. Love is complex. It is action, duty, consistency, but also passion, depth, emotion, sacrifice. I need to seek the whole package in my life. I have just started a study of the Fruit of the Spirit with my kids, so this will continue to come up through our Bible time. We will read through I John together this week.
Some fall easily into too much Spirit, not checked with truth. We need both in our worship of God. We must have solid doctrine, a clear and growing understanding of who He is, and also a passion, hunger and thirst that drives us to Him constantly with an overflowing heart.
I have some more thoughts on how that will work in my life in the weeks to come, but that will have to wait. For now, I mull over His words . . . Spirit and Truth.
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.