But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in 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 NLT
How would you feel if someone only came to you when they needed something? Used, right?
But this is the relationship many believers have with God. A ’let me see what I can get out of it’ mindset.
Many people were wooed into Salvation with enticing promises. People were told to give their lives to Christ and all their life problems would disappear. And as a result, they serve Him for what God can do for them alone not how we can please Him. But this couldn’t be any further from the truth.
If we read the scriptures, we discover there are two types of people the Father seeks.
1. The unsaved
2. True worshippers which simply means believers who are sold out to course of the Kingdom. Believers who would live and preach the gospel come what may.
It is true our lives would change for the better in knowing Christ. It is also true God rewards those who serve Him faithfully. But this is not the only basis on which we come to the Father. We come to Him in love for Him. Our love for the Father must transcend beyond physical gains and comfort.
God is not only our God when He is responding to our every whims. He is also God in our distress. He is God in our pain. He remains the Almighty in our disappointments.
Remember the three Hebrew boys who would not bow to pressure even when faced with imminent danger. Their refusal was not hinged on the hope that God would deliver them alone as they swore that even if God did not deliver them, they would not still bow down to the graven image. Their refusal to bow came from a place of unwavering devotion to the Father. A decision of ’If I perish, I perish’.
Dear Believer, If God does not answer your prayer, would you still reverence Him? Would you still call Him God? Would you compromise to please the world? If you had to deny God to achieve a goal would you do it? Denying God is not just when we say the words but the path we tread and all the times we disregard His word.
Maybe you think you are a worshipper of God. You listen to gospel music sometimes, attend church a few times a month, do morning and evening devotion, and even go to a small group every now and then. But When you look at all the bread crumbs on your trail, and you follow them – the passions, the energy, the time — you get to the throne of your life and realize: ”I am a great worshipper. But the thing I worship is me.”
The proof of our worship is in our efforts for the kingdom. Our willingness to lay down our all for the Father. We are in a relationship with the Father and relationships thrive when both partners are fully committed to it. God’s commitment to us is unwavering but ours?
In order to truly worship God, we must first and foremost follow what Jesus called the most important commandment, “… thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” Mark 12:30.
True worship is a lifestyle. Worship is a participatory activity not a bystander sport. Worship isn’t something we attend, like a sporting event or a concert. Worship is something we enter into with everything we’ve got.
It is a decision we make every day to honour God in our lives and live in continual submission to the Father and our willingness to obey His word. As worshippers, we always seek out ways to make Him happy.
And this is what God says, those who seek me would find me. Are we seeking Him enough? God wants your whole heart. He desires your faithfulness. Many people worship fame, power, money. They seek satisfaction from the world. But true worshippers understand that fulfilment can only be found in God. Once we come to him and surrender, He takes us on the path of purpose that leads to true riches and joy.
We worship what we find valuable. So the proof of your worship is in action not words. True worshippers love for input not output.
I would worship God because I know who He is. I am in awe of Him. I am overwhelmed by His love. I do not know tomorrow but whatever happens, God remains God. My primary aim on earth is not to feed my pleasures but for God to be glorified through me. His light must shine through me and His name magnified.
Today is a great time for self- evaluation. What have we placed above God in our lives? This replacement does not happen overnight, it starts off gradually until a strange god has taken the place of Jehovah. Today, we learn to trust Him in our pain. Today, we understand we must come to Him with all of our hearts.
Would you choose to honour Him and place Him on the throne of your life? Would you break every distraction drawing you away from His presence? Would you give Him all your heart, body, feelings, emotions and desires?
God is a Spirit Being, not the sun, moon, stars. He is not the air, universe, wind or some of those impersonal terms. He is Spirit and those who worship Him must do so in Spirit and in truth.
I leave with this verse from David the Psalmist,
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.”
Psalms 63:1-2 KJV
You are Loved 💙💛💙