Scriptural Readings: John 14:6; John 4:23-24; Psalm 8:2; Matthew 11:25;21:16
Our God inhabits praise. Eternity of praise and worship is the place where our God is. Have we ever asked ourselves why we praise our God? There are many reasons why.
It is a fact that we will always look for the way the truth and eventually the life we are looking for. In order that we can have the things that we needed we have to come to a place where God is.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
It is plain and simple. God sent Jesus as the only way to Him. However, in spiritual matters it seems that we are lost on our way. It is important that we should know that the way to our God is through Jesus in a spiritual manner. In dealing with our spirituality, mostly is that we deal with the things that we see and things that we can touch which will never and ever have any spiritual value. Many christians nowadays are into many things to depend on their spirituality through certain kinds of principles, church attendance and things that merely show us how to be spiritual. Even some of us are following some other Christians way of living and to end up spiritual nothingness. Jesus is the way. The only way the only truth and the only life. Our spiritual relationship with Him, only in HIm, not what we see and hear from others not from or any form of process going through the Father. It is not important of how many doctrines we know or methods of how we become a good pastor or evangelist. The center of Christianity is Jesus. It is all about and nothing more than knowing Jesus the Son of the living God. The bottom line is that how much we know about Jesus the son of the living God.
I am the way
A lot of Christians nowadays are still looking for the right methods or formula on how to live the way, the Christian way. One of the many ways that we do is to look at other Christian’s life. We noticed that there are Christians whose prayers are always answered. Almost every time they pray their prayers were granted by God. Now we ask ourselves why. We also have the same faith as they have. It seems that we put a blame on God if we think this way. So, the next thing to do is to do whatever they are doing. Right? We copy and do their methods and formulas. We do the same things that they are doing, we focus on the things and times we memorize exactly the words and process they are doing it and only then to find out we arrive at the same situation. The big difference is that these Christians found the way. Jesus the living God, the only way, not the doctrine, not the principle or any other method. In spiritual matters apart from Jesus will not have any effect. They will not have any spiritual essence or value. If we are not going to ask the Lord for revelations and diligently seek Him it will be worthless. We are turned into real Christians by begetting and not by teaching. What is wrong is that we make sure to remember, memorize and many more details on doctrines, methods and a lot of more and not turning our faith on Jesus the only way.
How many of us can say truthfully that we are living in the truth? Many of us will claim that we follow the right doctrines about Jesus Christ about truth and words of expositions about truth concerning Him. The truth is He is the truth. Take for instance hatred. Today many Christians accept apology. The question now is after accepting the apology, is the hatred still there? Jesus said that if our brothers sinned seven times we should forgive him seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22). What is really sad about is that after we have been born again for many years we retain certain grudges against other christians and non Christians as well. The truth is not in us. This truth is just merely a doctrine that we follow and not the genuine truth that we claim to be having. If we do not have Jesus living in us all these truth, belief and actions we claim to be are lies. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free(John 8:32) and this is Jesus the truth and the only truth.
and the life
He is the life. We always have the notion of works when we think of life. In the spiritual realm, we cannot replace life by our works. Works come only after the revelations of the life Jesus in us. Jesus Christ is life Himself. At times we are always mistaken. If we see a person who has a perfect manner in ways or morally upright, can we perfectly say that he has the life what is the life of Jesus? These things come naturally. A person can be soft spoken, never would like to argue and a lot more attractive manners but we cannot fully say that person has the life of Christ. We have to know the Lord. Life is not about excitement and what our feelings, emotions, success and achievements can reach to its highest peak. The true life is Jesus emitting from inside us.
v.23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
v. 24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.
for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Yes, when we pray, praise and worship HIm, He is magnified and glorified. This is spirituality is all about. God hears us our praise and this is where our spiritual value and essence is all about and coming to fruition worshipping HIm in spirit and truth.
Now that we know that Jesus is the way the truth and the life, now we can enter to the hour or time that we can praise and worship the Father in spirit and truth and we can be confident about this because we now know the way and the life.
And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
God perfected praise in us as soon as we come into being. He has put into our mouths what true praise and worship is all about. When we become fully matured Christian we can praise our God in spirit and truth. This is the place where God can meet us and He will be truly glorified, magnified and praised.
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Yes, God reveals things to us simple minded Christians, babes or babies referred to according to this passage. If we play the role of we know the best, we should be having second thoughts. We should think of humbleness. This is why Jesus was glorified because He humbled Himself.
When we praise Him we come to a place where God would meet us and listen to us. As we humble ourselves in His presence we understand fully our spirituality is all about. We understand ourselves better which leads us to the narrow way but straight to God.