Jesus said â€œYet a time is coming and has now come when theÂ true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth,Â for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.â€Â – (John 4:23)
Jesus’ words, spoken to the woman at the well, echo down throughÂ time. They cut through the worship wars of every era. They rattleÂ our selfish preferences and challenge our dogmatic positions. TheyÂ remind us that worship is something much more than aÂ responsibility, a ritual, a place, a time, or a style.
Worship is aÂ gift. We cannot even properly worship without the Spirit of God inÂ us. Those who are born of water and the Spirit (John 3:3-7) areÂ given the opportunity to worship because of the Spirit’s presence.Â And when they are led to worship in the Spirit, they are thenÂ called to make that worship authentic. Worship in truth is worshipÂ that is consistent throughout life — living sacrifice worshipÂ (Rom. 12:1-2).
As the Spirit permeates our being, influences ourÂ hearts, and conforms us to Christ (2 Cor. 3:18), then worship is noÂ longer about place (John 4:21), but about presence! The HolyÂ Spirit, God’s abiding Presence in us, makes the life of God comeÂ alive in us — not just on a “worship day,” but every day in all ofÂ our ways.
Prayer : O Father, I want to be a true worshiper! I want to worship youÂ spirit to Spirit. I want my worship words to be consistent with myÂ daily worship in thought, action, and speech. As the psalmist saidÂ so long ago, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of myÂ heart be acceptable in your sight, my Rock and my Redeemer.”Â Through Jesus I pray. Amen.