“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 ESV
How does one worship in spirit and truth? For spirit is a matter of the heart and mind. Truth pertains to honesty and transparency within reality. How does that translate into practical, everyday means?
Most Church services have a time for worship. A time typically surrounded with the sound of song and music. For many church-goers, this is worship.
Yet is this what Jesus meant when he informed the Samaritan woman that we are to worship in spirit and truth?
Worship is much more than a twenty minute session of song and music. In fact, for some it may not even be a time of worship. If one’s heart and mind is not focused on God but on “enjoying the moment,” is that worship? If one is preoccupied with what others are doing, is that worship? Does worship require song and music?
The fact is worship is our offering to God. It is aligning our spirit with his. It is being honest with oneself in relationship with the living God. It is positioning oneself in total awe and reverence at the feet of the God of Creation.
The means we worship God is as variable as the personalities, talents, and gifts found in the Body of Christ.
Yes we can worship God through song and music. But we can also worship God in silence and stillness. We can also worship God in our work, hobbies, and recreational pursuits. We can worship God in our service for others. We worship God whenever we show him our gratefulness and thankfulness.
When we are open, honest, and real with him we place ourselves in a vulnerable position showing our trust in him. Whenever we acknowledge him during the day we are worshiping him.
Whenever you place your heart into his hands you are worshiping Him. Whenever you speak the truth, you are worshiping him. Whenever you offer him praise and thanks, you are worshiping him. The time or place doesn’t matter. What matters is the motive of your heart and mind plus your word and deed. When you direct your all for HIS glory, not yours or anyone else’s, you are worshiping HIM.
So the next time you speak, think, work, and play, stop and ask yourself, how can I worship God with this activity?
Rooting For You in Christ!
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