In Spirit and in Truth

“But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24, HCSB).

What comes to mind when you think about Christian worship? For many Christians the answer is the Sunday morning worship service. However, this display of public worship is only a small piece of true biblical worship. To worship God one needs to first ask the question how do I worship God according to His word?

The modern world is an extremely busy place for most Christians. The day to day schedule can be a frantic duty. It becomes very easy to become a great multitasker, and to develop the skill of allowing our mind to be in two places at once. While this skill may be useful at times, it can be disastrous for Christian worship.

When a Christian engages God in worship they must give themselves fully to God in both heart and thought. True worship requires the believer to understand that God is worthy of our worship and worshiping God is not done out of obligation but out of desire. When a Christian has a high view of God they are compelled to worship God because of his great majesty.

The book of John makes clear the teachings of Christ concerning right worship.  This right worship is done in spirit and truth. The Bible states “ Therefore I am informing you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3).

To worship God one must rely on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will focus the heart and mind of the believer allowing them to properly worship God.The second aspect is to worship God in truth. The source of truth is the Bible. In order to understand the right worship of God one must turn to scripture to receive instruction from God on what is true worship.

Worship is not something Christians just do for an hour on Sunday morning. True Christian worship is spirit filled and rooted in biblical truth. A Christian worships God by spending time with Him daily. This can be done in prayer, scripture study, devotions, and song. A Christian should first worship God, and make time for everything else second because nothing deserves our time and adoration more than God.

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