Friday, December 08, 2017

Barclay: true worship

Friday, December 8, 2017
    Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
    —John 4:23-24 (NIV)
    The true, the genuine worship is when man, through his spirit, attains to friendship and intimacy with God. True and genuine worship is not to come to a certain place; it is not to go through a certain ritual or liturgy; it is not even to bring certain gifts. True worship is when the spirit, the immortal and invisible part of man, speaks to and meets with God, who is immortal and invisible.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of John, v. 1, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1965, p. 154 (see the book)
    See also John 4:23-24; Isa. 29:13; 48:1-2; Heb. 10:22; Jas. 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have granted me true friendship with You.
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