The first thing about God that my daughter picked up on was, “God is a spirit” or in her words, “God is a spiwit.” I don’t know why she picked up on that. Maybe because we read to her from her little kiddie bible which has stories that talk about God, but there is no picture of God. So my daughter asks, “Where is God?” expecting that one of the people pictured would be God. Then we would have to explain to her that you can’t see God because He’s a spirit. He does not have a body. (Which is why the incarnation of Jesus Christ is such a miracle!) So, now when Joanna hears someone else talking about God, she might take the opportunity to tell them that “God is a spiwit.” It’s cool how the questions of a 2 year old and our attempts to answer them reveal concepts about who God is that we’ve lost touch with in all our maturity and experience. We take for granted the invisibility of God forgetting how strange and amazing it is that we can not see Him. He’s in all things but completely transcends all created things.
In the conversation with the woman at the well, Jesus shared with us that the spiritual nature of God affects how we worship Him. Jesus said,
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” -John 4:24
Jesus was answering the woman’s questions about where it is appropriate to worship God: in Jerusalem at the Temple or is it o.k. to worship him somewhere else. Jesus was teaching her that God is bigger that one geographical location. He is also jealous that we worship Him alone and not fixate on a particular city, music style, mood, architecture, or whatever.
Everyone of us is a little broken and confused like the woman at the well. We want to keep God in a box (temple) where we only have to engage in an external show of religious ritual to justify ourselves while maintaining our pet sins. Jesus invites us to engage relational worship with the Spirit of Truth that passes deep into our heart and exposes our sin, purifies us, and put’s a song in our mouth.
God is a Spirit. Thank you, Joanna, for reminding me of that.