Gen 4:26b “Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.”
But most people throughout history have tried to become ‘spiritual’ and in touch with God (or what they believe to be God) through something which can never reach Him: externals. It’s like building the tower of Babel – trying to get to God by the works of our hands.
Men have created traditions, idols, material representations of every kind, done multitudes of external good works, all to try to meet the call of their spirit – the call to seek and worship God.
Today even many Christian churches have gone down this same path, sincerely believing that the worship of God is found in externals such as: praise music, works to reach the lost, stirring sermons, Bible knowledge, helping the poor, refuting unbelievers, social outreach, etc.
But God has had a different meaning altogether to fulfill this act of ‘worship’ that man has sought for so long, and it goes against our very human nature: SACRIFICE. Instead of relying on any tradition, we can see what the Bible’s definition of true spiritual worship is:
Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Animal nature (without God’s Spirit) has always revolved around one thing: self. The call of God is the opposite. It goes against human and animal nature (survival of the fittest, living for self). His call is to present our whole selves as a sacrifice to God – no longer living and working for ourselves.
God made man in 3 parts: body, soul, and spirit. An unregenerate person will always search to satisfy their body or their soul - seeking food, sleep, sex, companionship, entertainment, fun, happiness – everything for themselves.
A spiritual man or woman is one who lives with the totally opposite motive – to live for God in every aspect. Their heart is totally different, and that means their motives are totally different. They seek to do God’s will, and intend on laying down their lives to please God. It is an internal attitude rather than an external work. Any external work will flow from that inner attitude of “it’s all about God’s will and what pleases Him.”