Have you actually thought how it would be like to actually worship in truth and spirit? Like what it would that look like, how it would feel? Imagine the whole church full of people and all worshipping as one or like right now even in this very room? Think about it wouldn’t it be cool? Well that’s what Jesus said when He was talking to this Samaritan woman on the well in the Gospel of John 4. The historical context is in 2 Kings 17.
The thing about worship is that there are some people who think it really doesn’t matter who, what, where, when, how and why we worship just as long as we are sincere and follow our conscience. So have you ever met someone saying I think am good person you I treat others the way I want to be treated? But if it doesn’t really matter what, where, when and you worship or believe, then it doesn’t matter if you even believe at all.
God seems to care, the Bible He says it doesn’t really matter where, when, we worship but it matters who, what and why we worship. Only God is worth of our worship and praise. It is also important that we must worship Him in Truth and spirit.
And I agree the best way to worship God is in Truth and Spirit. The Truth isn’t just something a person or people conceptualize in their mind or facts. When you worship God in Truth it means that you do your best to live a life of Truth. It is by knowing God through His word, the Bible and prayer that we come to worship Him in Truth. The more you practice a Truthful life the more it is easier for you to think, speak and do works of Truth. Also you worship in Truth knowing that there is nothing you can hide from God. God seeks true worshippers, Worshipping Him from the heart because you can lie to others but you can’t lie to yourself. A good example is found in Micah 6:6-8. It tells us to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God and believe me you cant do this unless you do in Spirit and Truth.
The Spirit is not some special force like Star Wars, a ghost, electricity or mist as you see in movies. A Spirit is a being just like God, Angels, and Demons we cannot see, touch, feel, hear or taste unless it reveals it self to you.
We should worship God in Truth and Spirit because God is Spirit and Truth. You can’t worship God unless you worship Him in Spirit and Truth. Coming to church every Sabbath, it doesn’t make you more Christian than a person whose not in church or who goes to church on a Sunday. Worshiping requires that we be an active participant and not just a spectator of the service. Same as going to school Monday to Friday without actually applying yourself and learning something can you get educated, although you went to school every day?
So it is really important to worship God in Truth and Spirit because you become what you worship. You see the thing or being that you worship becomes the center of your life. That means everything you do will be influenced by it in everything that do because you want to please it etc. For example when a boy likes a girl he will do anything he can to get her. So he will make sure he looks nice, smells nice, do all the things to please her make her happy.
Also we are spiritual beings. These days scientist can get the map of your DNA and can work out how you would look in terms of your texture, color of hair, skin, eye color, but can they know how you will smell, laugh, the sound of your voice, what you will like and what you wont like? Ok what about this when you do something bad although you didn’t get caught, you sometimes still feel bad and guilty about it. What makes you feel guilty? When no one has seen or caught you. You see we are more than what we see when we look in the mirror.
You see worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth is a serious matter that must not be taken lightly because it is good for us and not for Him. It is to live our life that is holy and pleasing to God with the right attitude. As I told you a minute ago we become like what we admire and worship. So when we worship God we tend to value what God values and gradually take on the characteristics and qualities of God to be more like Christ.
God has always told us how He is to be worshipped. He is the only one who has the right to determine how He is to be worshipped. He will accept our worship that is in harmony with His will. That is why He instructs us how to worship Him through His word in the Bible.
You see guys to worship God in Spirit and Truth involves loving Him with you heart, soul, mind and strength. You need to have both the Spirit and Truth, Spirit without Truth leads to a shallow and ignorant worship. Like an emotional roller coaster as soon as the emotion is over, it cools down, so does the worship.
Truth without Spirit can result in a dry, passionless worship that can easily lead to a form of joyless legalism of do’s and don’ts. The best combination of both aspects of worship results in a joyous appreciation of God informed by Scripture. The more we know about God, the more we appreciate Him. The more we appreciate, the deeper our worship. The deeper our worship, the more God is glorified.
- Who Cares About Worship? (andrewmuzychuk.wordpress.com)
- Worship – An Expression Of Love To God (Part 1) (unilagfessf.wordpress.com)
- Chapter 4: Who comes to worship? (dcbcworship.wordpress.com)
- True Worship – What God Desires (zulu7772013.wordpress.com)