Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth

 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 
“And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:34:40.
Some people find God in nature. Rather, they find fellowship with God in nature. That works for my husband. He can go out on the trail, away from all the distractions of other people, work, and techno-gadgets. He reads scripture, prays, and communes with God.
I often find fellowship with God without going outside.  I find it through scripture, prayer, music, or a word from a friend–even in a memory of a word or deed from long ago.
I know a man whose family suffered a tragedy nearly three decades ago. He explains that he faced a situation he couldn’t fix. Someone else worshiped God by simply sitting with him, saying nothing, and listening when he was ready to talk.
Worship by listening? In our busy world, we seldom consider that possibility. In our busy world, listening is a great need.
I asked a group of students recently what they thought worship was. They said praise and thanksgiving.  Good answers. And more quickly than I expected, I got this one.
“We worship God in the way we live our lives.”
And what does it mean to worship God in spirit and in truth?
A different student responded–“We worship in spirit and in truth when we worship God with our whole hearts–with all of ourselves. And when we do it in truth.”
Worship–how we live our lives. Worship–devoting our entire selves in truth.
We worship when we submerge ourselves in scripture, prayer, creation, music, and memory.
And we worship when we are feeding and filling cups, clothing people, and visiting them.
I want to worship Him today. To worship with all of myself and in truth. I want His grace to rain on me. I want others to get wet too because they were with me and I have been with Him.

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