Spirituality focuses upon doing the whole will of God and in teaching other to do so as well. Jesus’ Great Commission points up the task of the disciple is to “observe all that I have commanded you,” and to teach the converts to do the same. Just as in his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said our righteousness must surpass (and certainly be of a completely different kind) that of the scribes and Pharisees, and he who keeps and teaches the least of the commandments will be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:19-22).
The spirit of Deuteronomy 5:27-33 (who will go read it?) should reign in our hearts, for it does not represent the attitude of legalism nor law. Hence it still applies today.
God sighed! Here is what he wants: speak all, keep all commandments, always, with the whole heart, walk in all his way. This is spirituality and holiness, to be devoted wholly to the Lord God and to love him with all one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength.
To be spiritual is to be led by the Spirit, to walk by the Spirit, to hear and obey the Spirit as he speaks the word of Jesus. The New Testament does not often use the word “spiritual,” but see these texts that refer to the actions of the spiritual person.
We might say that, among other things, spiritual is:
1. Correcting an erring brother in the spirit of meekness, Galatians 6:1.
2. Recognizing the apostolic, authoritative Scripture, instead of being a religious maverick and innovating new, disorderly practices in the church, 1 Corinthians 14:37-38.
3. Appraising all things by the words of the Spirit, rather than elevating favorite preachers or personal opinions, 1 Corinthians 2:15.
Spiritual is, indeed, walking according to the Spirit’s direction in the way of the Lord. The spiritual mindset is reflected in the decision of Ezra.
“For Ezra has set his heart to study the law of the Lord, and to practice it, and to teach His statues and ordinances in Israel,” Ezra 7:10, NASB.
Such a one as this is spiritual.
Many are the ideas of spirituality. But being spiritual all boils down to one thing.
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