God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
Where Should We Worship?
One day Jesus met a woman at a well on the edge of town. As the conversation drew on, the woman began a discussion on where you should worship.
Jesus answered by saying that a time would come when where you worship wouldn’t be as important as how you worship. Worship is more of an attitude of the heart than a location.
So many Christians get caught up in the formality and tradition of worship. They think worship has to happen at a certain time or a certain place. They think you must worship in a certain way or only with a certain style of worship. They see the church building as the only true place you can worship God.
Worship in Spirit and Truth
Jesus changed everything with this conversation. Jesus broke through traditions and religion. Jesus said there are only two requirements for worship. God-honoring worship must be done in spirit and truth.
What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?
God is spirit. True worship begins in your heart. Worship isn’t about music or singing. Worship isn’t about the style or the instrumentation. You can worship God with a guitar or pipe organ. True worship is expressing your love and gratitude to God.
Worshipping in truth, has two aspects. Worshipping in truth means you come to God in the way He requires.
Some people think as long as you are sincere, God will hear you. God says you only come to Him through His son, Jesus Christ. Our worship must always line up with God’s Word.
The other second aspect of worshipping in truth has to do with your heart. You must worship the Lord with a truthful heart. A person can sing worship songs all day long, but if their heart isn’t turned to God, they’re wasting their time. Worship without honesty is no worship at all.
You can worship God in the grandest cathedral or a grass hut – you can be part of a large crowd or in your pajamas watching online in your living room.
Worshipping in spirit and truth is worshipping God through the name of Jesus with a heart that is open and honest before God.
Look at that promise once again.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. – John 4:24
Make these confessions.
I can worship God wherever I am.
I worship the Lord through the name of Jesus.
When I worship, my heart reaches out to God.
God accepts my worship when I worship Him with an honest and sincere heart.
In Jesus Christ,
As followers of Christ, we know that when we come to God in prayer or worship, we must come in spirit and in truth.
Are you a true worshiper? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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