John 4:22-24 (NKJV)
You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Last week we started to explore the topic of praise and worship. Today we are going to focus on your worship. Ask yourself, is my worship for real? Our scripture states we must worship God in spirit and in truth. In “spirit” means genuinely, from our hearts (and not just an outward form), with the help of the Holy Spirit. In “truth” means worship from a pure heart on the basis of who God is as revealed in His Word. Again, ask yourself, is my worship for real? Am I able to genuinely seek God with a pure heart and magnify and exalt his name? Am I able to get excited about our triune God and all of the blessings He has given me without being pumped to do so?
Worship involves more than praise, worship is a lifestyle. Worship builds a connection with Christ. How do you expect to have a relationship without being connected? Worship bends hearts toward God as it stretches hands outward toward others. Worship forms communities, shapes souls, corrects self-interest, and binds people to each other and to God. Worship defines God’s people. Worship changes minds. Worship opens hearts. Worship changes behavior. Worship comes from the heart and is a response to the presence of God. Without passion, worship becomes dry, routine, boring, and predictable, keeping the form while lacking the spirit. So, ask yourself, is my worship for real? Today, I encourage you to get in the spirit of true worship. Start by asking God right now to enter you into a spirit of worship. Tell Him you want a real relationship with Him where you can feel His presence so you can worship Him in spirit and in truth. As we pray today, I encourage you to enter into a spirit of worship. Amen.