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John 4:23-24 – What does it mean to worship Him in spirit & truth?

‘But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”’ John 4:23-24  

What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth? 

In spirit – because God is is spirit. He is omnipresent & omniscient. You need not be at Jerusalem or any specific place on earth in order to worship Him. You call out to Him in your spirit and He is right there. God is also not to be worshiped in any shape or form of an object. In fact, He specifically reminded us about this in the 2nd commandment – “You shall not make any image of God or bow down to it.” God is spirit. He is to be worshiped in spirit.

In truth – the truth as He has reviewed Himself in His word, the Bible. I was once acquainted with  a follower of the cult group called the Moonies. I heard this friend pray – “my father, hallowed be your name“. Was he praying and addressing the same Father of my Lord Jesus Christ whom I believe? Obviously not! But what differentiated our prayers? It was the body of truth that we individually believed in. The body of truth that he held to was based on the teachings of Sun Myung Moon. This was totally different from the truths that I believed and understood from the bible. Hence, the body of truth that we believed in our spirit distinguished whom we were addressing our prayers to. And if the body of spiritual doctrines that you hold to is different from the essential ones in the bible, you are probably worshiping a different person altogether.  This is a reminder to us that we should never belittle the importance of doctrines.

The bible teaches us that Jesus laid down His life for His sheep so that through Him, His redeemed people may approach God. If you believe this truth, your prayers are “directed” to the God of the Bible. It is this truth that distinguishes us as His children even as we obey Him to worship God in spirit and truth. May God help us worship Him in the way He prescribed.

John 21:21-22 – Don’t be concerned about how God deals with others – “….You follow Me.”

John‬ ‭21:21-22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”” “Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”” ‭‭

These verses recorded the interaction between Jesus and the Apostle Peter. Earlier in John 21, Jesus asked Peter 3 times whether he loved Him. This was a humbling reminder to Peter regarding the 3 times he betrayed Jesus. Yet, it was Jesus’ chosen way to restore Peter to Himself. 

Now in John 21:21-22, Peter asked Jesus what would happen to John. Just like most of us, we like to know how other people would be dealt with. Sometimes, we like to compare our predicament against that of others. At other times, we like to see whether we fare better than others. Perhaps these may be to derive comfort or pity for ourselves. 

Our Lord Jesus responded to Peter: “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” In other words, we should leave it to Jesus as to how other people would be dealt with. It is His prerogative. It is not for us to judge whether it was fair; it is not for us to envy. Instead, our concern should be focussed on our relationship with Jesus. 

Notice that Jesus simply said to Peter – “You follow Me.” Let your mind be occupied by how you are pursuing obedience to Jesus & His word. Don’t be distracted by what others do. Don’t be distracted by how God dealt with them. They will answer to Jesus for their actions & life. We are simply to fill your mind with Christ-centred thoughts. We are to seek His presence with us. We are to keep our eyes looking to Him. We are to be sensitive to what He is saying to us with each step we take. That is what we are called to do. Let us do just that. Jesus says: “You follow Me.”