It's Not Really About You

Dignity schmignity!

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’” ( John 4)

Note that Jesus doesn’t say anything about dignity or sophistication here.  If you don’t know the story, Jesus is speaking to a nameless Samaritan woman, who’s been married five times and is probably in a relationship you and I’d call abusive.  She doesn’t give a darn about dignity – she’s trying to survive.

In fact, Jesus always seems most interested in desperate, not dignified, people.  Dignity is self-assurance, self-sufficiency, self-direction.  Worship is not.

You cannot grow spiritually without first learning to worship, and you really don’t start to worship God until you stop worrying about dignity.  Maybe that’s what Jesus means when he calls us to worship him in spirit and truth – being truthful about who we are, and how dependent we really are on our Heavenly Father.


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