May 16, 2014

True Worship

“… true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23b-24 NLT)

This weekend we all have an opportunity to experience true worship. It’s not a matter of style, church denomination, tradition or liturgy as much as it is a matter of the heart. The religious leaders in Jesus’ day had substituted their traditions and habits for true worship. When challenged by them, Jesus confronted it squarely. In Mark 7 Jesus replied to them, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” (Mark 7:6-8 NLT) Traditions in worship are not the problem. It’s when we substitute our traditions for the truth of God’s Word and just go through the motions or habits of worship while our hearts are somewhere else. It’s an easy trap to fall into. We begin to worship our traditions or even the habit of worship more than God Himself who should be the object of our worship. As you go to church this weekend, prepare your heart for true worship. Worship God in spirit and truth. “God is Spirit” means that He is present everywhere and can be worshiped anywhere at any time. It’s how we worship that matters. Is it from our hearts? Is it genuine and true? Are we seeking the Holy Spirit’s help in worship? The Bible says the Holy Spirit helps us by praying for us, interceding through us, teaching us the Word of God and affirming our relationship to God. Don’t settle for anything less when you worship. If you are in the Houston area, we would love to have you join us for worship this weekend!