Key Scriptures: John 4:23-24 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
As stated above in John 4:23-24, we should seek to be true worshipers. We can worship God as His children saved by the work of Jesus and, filled with the Holy Spirit. We can worship God as His followers in the truth He reveals through His Word. Worship is our response to a holy, loving, just, merciful, and faithful Father. It is the overflow of a grateful heart, forever thankful for the grace given through Christ.
It can be hard to define worship, since everything we do as Christians should be done to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). It is our hearts and minds that determine and define worship for each of us. An inwardly or improperly focused heart and mind can lead to idol worship or misguided worship. We also must resist the cultural norm of measuring ourselves and each other based solely on works. Remember, a disciple of Christ is who we are and not what we do. Our works are the result, not the cause, of lives transformed by Christ.
When we are right with God through faith in Christ, we are able to glorify Him with our lives. We can glorify Him at home, work, school, church, the athletic field, or wherever else we are. God has created us to worship Him, and our mission is to bring Him glory. As a church, we can enthusiastically embrace this mission together.
Questions to Consider: Is God the highest priority in my life? How can I glorify God with my life? How is worship important to my discipleship?
- That I identify the Triune God as the highest priority of my life.
- That I understand that everything I do should be an act of worship in response to God’s love for us and an expression of our love for Him.
- That I will develop a regular habit of worship, through private devotion and in church gatherings.
- That I will worship in spirit and in truth.
- That I will embrace my faith as who I am rather than what I do.
- That our leadership would identify a dedicated full-time Worship Pastor to bring before the congregation.