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People today often say that while they do not go to Church, they are very interested in spirituality. They see that there must be something more to life than the material things of this world. Such people long to get in touch with some kind of spiritual reality.

Spirituality is all about the human quest for God. Some try to find him in nature, others by using New Age techniques such as transcendental meditation. Christian spirituality is quite different. The Christian view is that we can only find God because he first seeks us. Christian spirituality has its origin not in the human longing for God, but in God's love for human beings. "We love him because he first loved us." (1 John 5:19).

Christian spirituality is focused upon Jesus Christ, God's only Son. Why did Jesus come into our world as man? He came on a quest. Jesus said, "the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10). Because we are lost, we can never find God by our own spiritual efforts. That is why God sent Jesus to seek and save us. Jesus' mission to save lost human beings led directly to the cross where he died to bring us back to God. Jesus was raised from the dead and exalted to God's right hand in glory. He is able to save completely those who come to God by him.

This leads to involvement in a Christian community. In the New Testament, “Church” does not mean the building in which people meet, but the people themselves. Christians are called to spiritual growth by being involved in Church life. By worshipping together, learning together and caring for each other, Christians grow into spiritual maturity.

Christian spirituality is about God reaching down to us, revealing himself to us in the Bible and reconciling us to himself through Jesus Christ. We only seek God because he first seeks us and awakens us to seek him with all our hearts. This is God-centred, not “my need centred” spirituality.