“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
Last week I wrote on the subject of “Faith”. This is part of a series of blogs titled “Let’s Talk” revisiting spiritual disciplines for a flourishing spiritual life. I am a Pastor. One of my passions is to preach/teach/share God’s word with people. Life can be overwhelming at times with the day to day responsibilities. So it’s important to periodically pause and recalibrate.
In an interaction with a woman at a well, Jesus makes some profound statements regarding our life. First, God is not a spirit or one of many spirits, He is spirit. He transcends all human limitations. We have been made in His image, yet the reverse is untrue, He is not in our image.
Unfortunately, His image in us has been assaulted by sin. One facet of His image is that we are made with a spirit. It’s our spirit that has died as a result of sin.
Only through experiencing the forgiveness of sin as a result of Jesus’ cross and resurrection can our spirit be “born-again.” This is a decision that we can’t take credit for but one we must make in order to experience freedom from the control and the end-result of sin. (See Romans 6:23)
True worshipers must worship God in spirit and in truth. An active relationship with God is a life that is being continually transformed by the truth of God’s word. Faith is fuel for our relationship with God.
Worship is a multifaceted activity that should be centered on the person of worship and not the expression of worship. Worship is more than just singing, it’s a lifestyle.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1
The Apostle Paul appeals to us to “present our bodies as a living sacrifice”, “which is your spiritual worship.” In the Old Testament, a person would bring their sacrifice to the altar, but only one of you walked away. This demonstrated the seriousness of sin by requiring the life of a living being. It also was to foreshadow Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for our sin. His resurrection is what proves He is God and why we worship Him.
Every time you make a sacrifice to serve God, you are worshipping Him.
Every time you choose what is holy over what is unholy, you are worshipping Him.
Every time you say no to temptation and choose to live by the spirit, you are worshipping Him.
The faithful response from a man or woman of God is worship. You can’t live the Christian life isolated from worship. Our lives are to be lived in such a way that it is a continual act of worship, with or without music.
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Hebrews 13:15
Worship is the fruit of a person who knows God. It is the response of the faithful who are faith-fueled. A relationship with God is not a status to be updated but a lifestyle to live. Worship is to be the by-product of a person with a relationship with God. Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God and introduce His presence everywhere we are.