“…the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23, NIV)
Sunday worship is such a familiar ‘Christian activity,’ it is so easy to slip into complacency. For some of us, it may even become a weekly routine that ‘makes me a Christian.’ There was a season in my life where going to church on Sunday was just part of my weekly schedule, and I found myself merely going through the motion of worship. I enjoyed the friends and lunches and the conversations. But deep inside I was hungering for more.
In John 4, Jesus was having an interesting theological discussion with the Samaritan woman on worship (amongst other topics about her life). Jesus corrected the woman’s views on what true worship is about.
To the Jews, Jerusalem was the center of worship, but to the Samaritans, it was on a particular mountain. Jesus taught however that true worship is not about coming to a place, but to a Person. We have our personal preference of where we go to church and the form/styles of worship. Whatever your preference, true worship is about encountering Christ personally. He alone is deserving of our worship. When we encounter Christ, we encounter Truth, because Jesus Christ is God’s revelation of Truth (John 1:14).
True worship is not going through a worship routine, but is a relationally-rich experience. When our worship is centered in Christ, our spirit connects with the Spirit of God, where God reveals to us His heart and how much He loves us, and also our need for Him. This view of God lifts us to see beyond our own circumstances and to see the worthiness of the One we worship – that He is King and Master of our lives.
In worship, we come just as we are, without pretense, for God is constantly seeking for true worshipers, “who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship” (John 4:23-24, The Message). To truly worship God, it requires us to have a heart of humility and a deep hunger for Him.
This Sunday, as you go to the house of God to worship Him, go with an expectant heart to be ‘sought’ after by God.
He Alone is Worthy,
Lam Kok Hiang