Summary: What is worship? How to worship God in spirit and in truth?
Good morning church!
How are you all doing this morning?
Praise God for another opportunity to worship Him.
I would like to begin our time together with this question: What is the BEST thing that you have received from God lately? Do you think you can give it back to God?
Abraham got the BEST gift from God in his old age - Son-Isaac.
But, God asked that gift back to Him.
Did Abraham give back to God?
That is what worship is all about. It is giving God the best that He has given you.
Let's see what the Bible says about how to be a true worshiper of God.
Text: John 4:23
Let us pray, shall we?
When Jesus conversed with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, He revealed to her an eternal truth that every true worshipper of God must understand.
He didn’t say that we can worship God in 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.
Let us look at what worshipping God is all about before we look at how to be a true worshipper.
1. What is Worship?
Worship literally means "worth-ship", which is giving worth to God. Worship is action motivated by an attitude that admires, honors, and describes the worth of God. The purpose of our worship is to glorify, honor, praise, exalt, and please God. Worship is also a time when we pay deep, sincere, awesome respect, love, and fear to the one who created us and holds our destiny. Our worship not only honors and magnifies God, but it is also for our own edification and strength. Worship helps us develop a God-like and Christ-like character.
There are two ways how we should God:
1. Worshipping God in Spirit
2. Worshipping God in Truth
Both of these two components are related and vital halves of worship that must be balanced. Some people have too much “spirit” in their worship, but not enough truth and not enough facts, not enough reality in their relationship with God. While others have a lot of truth, but very little spirit, very little heart, very little passion, very little giving in terms of their worship. The challenge for us is, how to have these two things together in our worship.
2. How to Worship God in Spirit?
Jesus says in John 4:24, "God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." If we want to be a true worshiper of God, we must worship Him in Spirit. Worshipping God in spirit means that it must be done from the heart. Somebody said, "When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart." Worshipping God "in spirit" means worshipping Him with reverence, attentiveness, and having the right purpose of honoring God. Our worship must show great reverence toward God. He is our creator and He holds our eternal destiny in His hands. We must strive to please Him. Our worship to God must be done in a worthy manner. Whatever we devote our time and heart to, is often what we worship. BECAUSE, worship is all about the position of our hearts.