Worship in Truth
The hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit AND truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
In an earlier post, we discussed how we are to worship God in spirit. But in this post, we are going to discuss worshiping God in truth, the other half of Jesus' condition.
I believe worshiping in truth to be a fairly simple thing: know the God you worship.
In John 4, Jesus entire discourse on worship is with a Samaritan woman. The Samaritans were a people ostracized from the Jews. The Jews and Samaritans shared a racial hatred for one another. One great problem of this racial hatred is that the Samaritans and Jews both thought their way of worshiping Yahweh was right. To paraphrase the conversation between Jesus and the woman, the woman asked Jesus who's mountain (place) of worship was the right one. Jesus replies, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father." But then Jesus says this, "You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews."
The Samaritans were not really able to worship the Father, even though they thought they were! They in fact did not know the Father. So why is it important for us to know the God we worship?
Because he is a person. It's a relationship. We are to seek to know God intimately as a person, not as a concept or philosophy. So how do we get to know God? After God brings us to spiritual life, he then gives us new desires. He gives us a desire to know him. He gives us the desire to spend time with him in prayer. The truth is, God has revealed himself greatly to us through his Word, and more specifically through God the Son, Jesus Christ. We are to seek to know God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
In short, we are to fill our hearts and minds with the knowledge of Him. We should cherish God's Word (the Bible) and run to him in constant prayer. This is how it must work: spirit and truth working together always. I would even argue one cannot be without the other. But that's another post.
Dustin Raley / Worship Leader