God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.’
Here is the essence of the view of Jesus when it comes to everything from denominations to worship styles and everything in between.
God is spirit. What did Jesus say about spirit earlier in the Gospel of John? Remember?
The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is like the wind and he will blow wherever he wants. We will know if we are worshiping with spirit and truth when we see things happening through us that happened with Jesus and his followers in his day.
Enemies are loved. Seeking the good of others, no matter who they are. Cheeks are turned. No revenge. Seeking the truth of Jesus with courage and consideration, even when society calls it hatred or bigotry. When our lives look more and more like Jesus is living our lives we know we are are the path of spirit and truth.
No, it’s not about places or building, it’s about hearts and minds and bodies and souls and relationships that all point to the love of God in Jesus Christ.
“They will know we are Christians by our love…” Not a quaint chorus for an old camp song, but maybe the essence of who we are…