“But the time is coming – indeed it's here now – when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is spirit so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” — John 4:23-24
“Let us come to Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to Him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. … Come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel down before the Lord our maker, for He is our God. We are the people He watches over, the flock under His care.” — Psalm 95:2-3, 6-7
Jesus took every opportunity to show and tell the heart of the Father. A very poignant example is Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus went out of His way to meet her – traveling through unwelcoming territory with hostile conditions – on His way to Jerusalem. He sought her out, even though she was a social outcast because of her race and lifestyle. Jesus was not concerned about what others would think, even those who were closest to Him.
Jesus wanted her to know that He could meet her physical and spiritual needs. He wanted to reveal Himself to her and the heart of the Father for her. Jesus came to offer her new life. By drinking/accepting this “living water,” His Spirit, she could know the Father and His love for her. Here was her opportunity to walk away from her unfulfilling life path to the one the Father had lovingly planned for her long ago. In this new life, she could fully experience, through His Spirit, the joy and true love of her good, good Father – and respond as a true worshiper.
The Samaritan woman would no longer worship what she did not know. She would no longer go through the motions of worship, simply out of tradition, obligation or routine. She would engage in true worship of her Father, through the Spirit and in truth, as a response to the One who would always love, watch over and care for her.
Today, Jesus is still going out of His way to find true worshipers. He comes to all people, wherever we are, so He can reveal Himself to us. Through the Spirit, Jesus wants to transform us. He desires to change our praise of a great God we have heard or read about, to worship of our loving Father who we know. Abraham, Moses, Joshua and David worshiped with abandon a faithful God during times of uncertainty, and when they dealt with difficult people, insurmountable foes, betrayal and grief. They would remove their shoes and fall on their knees with their faces on the ground in true worship. Their position signified a life that was totally submitted and surrendered to God.
Each day, as I read my Bible and pray, I reflect on my lifestyle of worship. Am I willing to become a true worshiper who worships Him in spirit and in truth? Am I willing to let the light of His presence shine in my life and reveal those things in me that inhibit my worship? Am I willing to surrender my desires, dreams and plans, while totally submitting to His? Today, through His Spirit, my answers are yes. I want to live as a true worshiper who expresses an all-encompassing devotion to God out of love for Him and an all-consuming passion to please Him. How about you?
Our God hears,