Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Worshipping God in Spirit

This is a truth which is misunderstood by some and also totally reject by many.

Jesus said in John 4:23-24 - "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (KJV)

Note that Jesus Christ says “true worshippers” will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. He also goes on to explain that God is a Spirit and we “MUST” worship him in spirit and truth.

Let’s take the word “Spirit”. We all know a spirit is unseen so if God’s true worshippers are to worship Him in spirit, it must mean that it’s supposed to be unseen worship that is meant to be internal; in thought and in heart. According to Christ Himself this is how God wants us to worship him. God is not interested in external gestures, ceremonies and rituals.

So then if we “must” worship God in spirit, does it mean we must not worship Him externally? I’ll leave that for you to decide. I personally choose to worship our Father the way he wants to be worshipped which is internally. And how do I worship him in truth? By obeying God’s word which is the Truth to the best of my ability.

Sadly I know of many people who believe that you must externally show that you worship God. These people also believe that anyone should be able to give you just one look and know that you are a Christian. This is a classic case of man teaching doctrines of men and not keeping to the commands of God. This is exactly one of the ways in which we have many falling away from faith and becoming religious instead, still believing that they are sticking to the teachings of Christ.

So exam yourself… are you a true worshipper or are you more concerned about an external show of religion?

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