Worship in spirit and truth

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4:24)

 I have heard all my life that we all worship something or someone, and I believe that this is a totally correct observation. It does not take long to watch TV filled with shows like “American Idol”, or to turn on the TV any Saturday in the fall and see college football, or to look at the array of famous individuals that we spend time looking up to or adorning. The term worship is comes from the Greek word “proskuneo” and means to “prostrate oneself in homage”, literally to “adore” or to “do reverence”. Think of the sacrifices we make oftentimes for modern day “idols” be it football, or TV, or even our own children’s sporting events.

The scene in John chapter four has Jesus sitting beside the well, when a Samaritan woman comes up to draw water and Jesus ask her for a drink. This Samaritan woman is reluctant to give him a drink, knowing that He is a Jew, and Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. As the conversation continues, speaking of worship Jesus makes the above statement that “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). We know from examples in the old testament that God desires for us all to worship, and proper worship is essential, and the only kind which is accepted by God. So what does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?

Worshipping in spirit:  This word comes from Greek word Pneuma – and is used to mean a “mental disposition”. Worshipping God in spirit involves our “thinking” and our motives during worship. Another way to look at it may mean our “attitude” during times of and towards worship. God expects that our attitude and our motives toward worship will always be right.

Worshipping in truth:  Jesus made this statement in John 17 “Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth” (John 17:17), Worshipping God in truth means to worship God according to His word, according to the pattern which is laid out for us in the Word of God.  We do not have the option to “worship” any way we please, God has shown that he will only accept our worship if it is according to the pattern He has given.

Thanks be to God who allows us to be the players while He is the audience during our times of worship and assembly. I pray we will always worship with the right attitude, and according to the pattern we have been given.

Ande Z