What does it mean to be truly Human?

“For: The Institue of Contemporary and Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephens University, Essentials Blue Online Worship Theology Course with Dan Wilt.”

Ok so this is not some wierd Sci-Fi deal, my thoughts are inspired from the materials we are dealing with in the above course. However I feel it has bearing on our discussion into making worship a lifestyle because we are trying open up the small limitations we have placed on worship and set it free to touch every area of our lives.

I am going to start by just flat out stating the whole point of this post by saying I really believe that we need worship to be more human, to be truly human, or to put it another way: we must worship in order to find ourselves, in order to become the truest version of ourselves that there is. The self that God intended when He made us.

Let’s start at the beginning, in Genesis. We see that God makes us in His image, i.e. when creation looks at us quickly they see a glimpse of the Father of Creation. However than is not all because the other thing that makes us different to all of creation is that He also breathes into us. These two things go hand in hand the image and the breath.

Now in John 4:23-24 it says the following; 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The thing that blows my mind is what happens when we link these verses together. First when we consider how the concepts of truth and image relate, we are reminded that there are false images, the Bible calls them idols and the truth which John 1 calls Jesus Christ, the God-Man who cam to earth from heaven.

This truth image encompasses far more than we realise because in Jesus both God and Mankind are held together. So to worship in truth would mean to worship from a place in Jesus where the image of God has been restored by all of His life, death and resurrection. A place where the truth of who God is and who we are as humans is held in a beautiful harmony.

Practically speaking this has infinite implications, and I would appreciate any comments on how you could see this working out in real life. One thing that pops into mind is that we can relate to God without trying to impress Him or others, taking out the striving that so many of us get caught up in.

Now for part two. When God breathed His divine life into us, He breathed a capacity to relate to the divine. A depth of “being” that is simply profound, and an essence of true life that is infinitely powerful. When we worship from deep within ourselves from that place where we connect to Him, we connect on the deepest of levels that surpasses language, culture and even time. We are connecting to the source of our humanity, to that which has mad, formed, animated and purposed us. When we allow His Spirit to live and breath, to live out and sing. To dance, create and inspire. To do through us, in us and to us we begin to connect with that which makes us most human.

When we worship in Spirit and Truth like this we will be connecting with Him who made us human, we will find ourselves to be at the center of His love and life and that love and life will give expression of spiritual reality in this physical realm.

This is pretty hard to put into words, I am still trying to condense what it is I’m trying to say but maybe as we comment and discuss things will become clearer.

Any thoughts?

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4 thoughts on “What does it mean to be truly Human?

  1. Reminds me of what Athanasius said about Christ: “He became like us so that we might become like him.” Christ the Ultimate Human.

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  2. Maybe a little off the subject here, but with regards to worshiping him in spirit and in truth, I would like to suggest a very simple explanation of this phrase that is so often quoted. Not to say that anything that you have said is wrong Justin, just another facet perhaps.

    When Jesus says that a time will come when we will worship the Father in spirit and in truth I see these two forms of worship that Jesus could have been referring to.
    in Spirit could be referring to that deep inner connection that all believers have with the Father that is, as you said, very hard to explain but we know it exists.
    in Truth to me talks about an understanding of who God is, a mental connection with the Father. Wisdom, understanding, knowledge, maturity – all of these abilities that has been given to us by God to ‘know’ and understand him better. Wisdom that leads us even closer to and deeper into that Spirit connection place with him.
    And so the two work hand in hand with each other and when combined correctly leads us into a grater awareness and awe of, and spirit connection to The One.

    Do you folks think that holds water?

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    1. Worship is so necessary Worship is our attitude of love towards a living God. It is our appreciation of what happened at Calvary. How much worship is left once when we have done our thing? It just reminds me our short I fall in my worship to glorify a loving God.

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  3. Lyle I like the simple and clear way you put, does it hold water? Sure, I don’t see your bucket leaking at all! Ha ha. I think it is so important to have the balance of both things in our lives if we are going to truly be what Father created us to be.

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