But a time is coming- and now is here- when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers. God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24)
“No way. How do you do that? That is so amazing.”
Patrick was the envy of the kids on our elementary school playground. He’d taught himself to wiggle his ears. The rest of us clamped our jaws and pretended there was movement, but only Patrick demonstrated real twitches.
The Apostle John said God looks for worshipers who engage him in their spirits. I feel my spirit resembles the muscle used to wiggle my ears. I know it’s there, but I can’t quite get it working.
I inherited weak spiritual muscles from Adam and Eve. In the beginning their spirits were robust and they freely conversed with God, who is Spirit. Then they spiritually died when they sinned, and the blessed fellowship between God and mankind was severed for millennia.
Since the time of Jesus, his work on the cross cleanses me and allows God to reestablish fellowship. The potential for divine friendship is restored. Herein lies the great purpose of my days on earth—walking in communion with my Father in spirit and truth.
My spirit and soul should be primary and my body secondary. Spiritual infant that I am, I operate in the reverse order with physical needs taking the lead.
I must learn to quiet my demanding body, and even my restless mind, so the Holy Spirit can get a word in edgewise. I need to discipline myself to inquire of the Lord before acting, then shush my body and mind while I wait for his answer. Like Patrick, I have to show at least a tiny bit of movement in my hidden muscle.
Prayer: Patient Holy Spirit, strengthen me to worship you in spirit and truth.