Without careful study and a knowledge of the author’s references in this passage, it’s hard to grasp what these verses mean. The heart of it has to do with the tangible and the intangible, with the physical and the spiritual. When we gather for worship, we perform physical offerings like singing, praying, listening, sharing God moments and prayer concerns – all in the hopes of a spiritual experience and connection with the Creator and the created. In the same way, our tangible acts of discipleship are meant to point to the intangible grace, compassion, and love of Jesus.
What physical practices lend themselves to a spiritual experience for you? What elements of worship help you to connect with God and with the people with whom you are gathered? What acts of discipleship give you a sense of being a part of God’s purposes in the world God loves?
During worship or in your time of personal devotion this week, be curious about your sense of the spiritual presence of God.