What Is True Worship?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

That question is one that has been debated since the dawn of time. To correctly answer that question we have to answer this question first - What is God looking for? I believe the fist question shows our lack of understanding of how God views worship. It focuses on the wrong thing. The trick is to put our focus on the right place.

Jesus deals with this question in John chapter 4 in his conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. I think this is what she was getting at in the question she threw at him. Notice Jesus' answer? He not only tells us what he is looking for in our worship but also what he isn't looking for. Jesus says, "True worshipers must worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." God isn't looking for a certain kind of worship. He's looking for a certain kind of worshiper. The correct question then is, "What is a true worshiper?" One who worships in spirit and in truth. If we become the kind of worshipers he is looking for isn't it safe to assume that our worship will be acceptable? Too often we get it backwards thinking that if we do things a certain way it will be acceptable to God. In a nutshell I believe worshiping in spirit and truth means we are worshiping out of pure motives and that we are striving to be authentic followers of Christ.

So the challenge for us is to stop trying to do something that will honor God and be someone who honors God by the way you live. What captures God's attention is not what we do, but rather who we are!

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