Philippians 3:3 NIV
For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
What does worshipping in spirit and in truth look like in your life? Who we are in Christ are the ones who worship by the Truth and the Spirit of God. To worship means to show reverence, honor and intense love, as well as to perform acts of service, toward an object or being. Although others may worship celebrities, sports heroes or less tangible idols like money, success or power, as believers we worship the living God. If you don’t then it’s time for an assessment.
Not only is who we worship critical, but also how we worship. We worship by the Spirit of God and in truth. Therefore our worship flows not from our humanity, but from God who dwells within us.
Our worship must show our adoration and loyalty to God for His grace in providing us with the way to escape the bondage of sin, so we can have the salvation He so much wants to give us. The nature of the worship God demands is the prostration of our souls before Him in humble and contrite submission.
Jesus says in John 4:23-24, “A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” It doesn’t say we can worship God anyway we want, but we “must worship Him in spirit and in truth”. The word “must” makes it absolute. There is no other way we can worship God and be acceptable to Him. The word “must”, according to the Webster dictionary, expresses “an obligation, a requirement, a necessity, a certainty, and something that must be done”. When “must” is used it means that it is not optional. Here the word “must” is expressing that in spirit and in truth is the only way to acceptably worship God.
God seeks true worshippers, and He identifies them as those who “worship Him in spirit and in truth”. Worshipping God in spirit means that it must be done from the heart. Worshipping God in truth means that it must be done according as God has specified in the Bible. Worshipping God in spirit and in truth is a serious matter which must not be taken lightly. If we have any regard for our own souls, we will want to make sure we are worshipping God in spirit and in truth.
There is an erroneous idea today that the main reason we attend worship is to “get something out of the service”, rather than going there to give our worship to God. This is a selfish motive on our part. This is the reason people cannot be satisfied with the worship service when their emphasis is not on the proper object of worship, God. People want to “do their own thing” in the worship of the church. What the Bible has to say about worship for many people is of little consequence as long as they are happy and feel good. We must be concerned with what God says on how He is to be worshipped instead of what we might want to offer Him.
This society has produced the most entertainment-oriented people the world has ever known. We have more forms of amusement than has ever been known to man, but we still want more. In our age everything is designed to appeal to our emotions and to entertain us. Our pleasure-mad society gives little thought about pleasing God in their worship. We seem to have forgotten our worship service is to bring glory and honor to God, and not to entertain ourselves. Worship is not a spectator event. We dare not become spectators, because in worship it is God who is the spectator. People have the roles reversed!
Worship to God is holy and sacred. Anything short of that is blasphemy! When people seek an “emotional high” from worship and don’t get it, they are disappointed and start blaming the song service, the preacher, etc. The world wants their worship service to be “more entertaining”, thus they are failing to worship God in spirit and in truth. Where in the Bible can we go to show that our worship is designed to please the worshipper? The desire to have an experience or an encounter along the lines of mysticism also gives little regard to what God says in the Bible.
When we worship God in spirit and in truth, we develop such traits as forgiveness, tenderness, justice, righteousness, purity, kindness, and love. All of this is preparing us for eternal life in heaven with God and Christ.
May God bless you and give you insight into the meaning and importance of the greatest commandment ever spoken: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength!” (Mark 12:30)
Scripture of the day: For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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