Many of us are searching for more spirituality today — we’re looking to get it, or more of it, into our lives, and we’re probably also looking for spiritual solutions to many of the problems we see in the world. These solutions we’re looking for may include (but aren’t limited to) a desire for more peace, improved health, and even healing, without using drugs or other (western) medical means. Hence the explosion of meditation apps for mobile devices, usage of “mindfulness”, yoga studios, and more.
However, I would invite you to consider, deeply, what does spirituality really mean? Through my own search, I think Christ Jesus was the first to define spirituality when he said, “… true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23 (NIV)”.
How does this define spirituality? because he used the two words “worship” and “Spirit” when talking about how to worship God. Another Biblical name for God is Spirit — and worshiping “in Spirit” is showing us that there’s a need to be spiritual in our worship — to be spiritually-minded, or conscious — of the fact that God is Spirit itself, and is the only source of spirituality.
Yeah! Wow. God, Spirit, is the source of spirituality. Kinda makes sense, doesn’t it?
The reason this is significant to each of us is because to worship God in Spirit means that Jesus was helping us see that to truly worship God we have to do so spiritually, not materially. In other words, he was lovingly guiding us to avoid inadvertently worshiping matter, using matter to worship, or believing that matter can be both a spiritual and material thing. If you find that to be a mind-blowing concept — I agree! It’s radical
Get radical — explore spirituality on a deeper level
If this seems like a deep concept, but something you’d like to explore more of, I would invite you to go deep! Check out Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She really delves into this topic — how to discern God as Spirit, and what it means to be spiritual — more, and better, than anyone I have ever read.
I hope you’ll join me in exploring further, and giving this deeper thought.
Remember Jesus, who nearly nineteen centuries ago demonstrated the power of Spirit and said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also,” and who also said, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” said Paul.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.93