Spirit and Truth
How do we worship God? That is the question. I believe there are many tangible ways in which we can worship the Lord. The bible commands us to give our bodies as a living sacrific (Rom. 12:1) as an act of worship. Scripture also tells us to do EVERYTHING in the name of the Lord Jesus (Col. 3:17). We can also sing songs of praise, like we see in the Psalms. We can read the bible, pray and be with the Lord in private. The point is, there are many ways we are able to worship God.
Really, everything we do can and should be an act of worship. Our lives are no longer our own, for we have been bought with a price. Jesus purchased us with His own blood, and it is no longer us who live but Christ who lives in us! (Gal. 2:20).
So if everything can be worship, does that mean that we are always worshiping and that there is no criteria for worshiping God?
Actually, Jesus himself is clear to answer this. Jesus says in John 4:23, "But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him." We are required by Jesus to worship God in spirit AND truth. As you can see, there is no tangible way to worship in spirit and truth. You can't measure that. You can't touch it. You can't see it. It's not like bowing down, raising your hands, or singing. Worshiping in spirit and truth is much deeper. It is the essence of authentic, God-honoring worship.
In the next two posts, I will further unpack what I believe it means to worship in spirit and truth. In the mean time, I encourage you to read John 3 and 4 and hear the words of Jesus.