c) 2012' name='copyright'/>Michael DeShane Hinton: Dedicated to Spiritual Formation

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dedicated to Spiritual Formation

Jesus said to the woman at the well, “The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."

The foundation of spiritual formation is a fundamental understanding about the nature of God. The goal of spiritual formation is to become more like God. So, it is reasonable to ask what God is like, or listen when his Son is telling us. Jesus is quite clear about it with one that was interested. He and the woman at the well had a religious debate about where God is authentically worshipped. Without betraying his own people, the Jews, Jesus announced to her a different time had come when days, places, and holy objects would no longer matter. Those things do not matter to a spirit. The implication is, therefore, that it should not matter to us.

I am dedicating this blog to spiritual formation. Spiritual formation depends on knowledge and perspective like this one introduced at the outset, that God is spirit. I suspect that other equally simple propositions will occupy us for a while.

God is love.

God is light.

Our God is a consuming fire.

Each of these simple sentences is like one that is especially profound, “Jesus is Lord.”

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