“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
If God is seeking true worshipers, what would false ones look like?
1) Ignorant Worshiper – How could you truly worship someone whom you don’t know? What would you admire, respect, love, or treasure if you had no knowledge? Ignorant worshipers have no idea to whom they are worshiping, and so their worship cannot be completely true.
2) Hypocritical Worshiper – These worshipers’ hearts are far from God. They are able to put on a good show in front of others, but their heart and mind is in another place. They get an “A” for performance, by an “F” in reality. They can’t fool God as He sees their heart.
3) Apathetic Worshiper – These worshipers don’t really care. They just go through the motions and nothing really stirs their heart. They feel dead inside and don’t long for the heart of God.
So, if God is seeking true worshipers, what would they look like?
God is seeking people who have open hearts to Him. He is seeking people to worship Him in spirit and in truth. What’s the difference.
1) Worship in Truth – This is where we worship God because of the factual things we know about Him… Who He is… What He’s done. What He can do. What He will do. How different He is from you. We worship with our mind by thinking great things about Him and growing in our understanding.
2) Worship in Spirit – Do you care about the things you know? This is where we worship God fully with all that we are, our emotions, and our will. We should feel something in worship… a sense of awe… a feeling of love…. a conviction of our sin… a longing for more of Him… thanksgiving for all He has done… fullness of joy… incredible reverence.
Worship isn’t showing up on a Sunday and singing a few songs and then coming back 7 days later to do it again. Worship is a state of mind and heart that should occur each and every day including all aspects of our being including our minds, strength, heart, and will.
Raise your hands. Bow your knee. Clap and applaud. Shout for joy. Sing a melody. Dance with joy. Leap with gladness.
Worship is a full body experience… as God has intended.
“Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.” Psalm 149:3
Father God, Help us to more fully understand you so that we can worship you more. Free ourselves from ourselves so that we are able to more fully engage in worship to you, as you so rightly deserve. Remove our inhibitions from what others may think. You alone are to be praised. In Jesus Name. Amen.