God Is On The Lookout
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24, NIV)
Did you know that God is on the lookout for a particular type of person? He is! His eyes are searching to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on the behalf of certain types of people. The Father is seeking true worshipers. That is, people who are legit and heartfelt in their worship.
True worshipers worship Him with their entire lives including their walk with Him, their prayer life, their singing and their service toward Him and others. To worship means: to kiss the hand, to kneel and bow down with our forehead on the floor to give God profound reverence. A person who worships in spirit and truth is someone who knows how to give God the heartfelt reverence He deserves according to the truth of His Word. In other words, they worship God the way He prefers to be worshiped, not the way they want to worship. It's an interesting thing to consider. How does God want to be worshiped? Jesus said the Father is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and truth. That is, they give the Lord heartfelt worship by reverencing the truth of Who He is and what He has done. Sounds easy enough?
Well, maybe not. After all, Jesus said the Father is seeking these types of people, which almost implies they must be hard to come by. So, what types of things hinder us from giving God the true worship He seeks? Let's look at three things that make true worship pretty impossible:
Being a Poser: Jesus was pretty brutal with posers. Listen to what He said, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me…” (Matthew 15:7-9, NKJV) God doesn’t just want our words – He wants our hearts. When we give God lip service, but our hearts are a million miles away, we’re posing and He calls it vain. If your heart is cold or far from the Lord, you need a fresh revelation of His love for you! Today, draw near to God and ask Him to help you know and believe the love He has for you!
Being Ungrateful: One day, Jesus dramatically changed the lives of ten lepers by healing them. Sad to say, only one of them had the courtesy to return to say, “Thank You!” Here's the story: And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?" (Luke 17:15-17, NKJV) So, only one in ten have an attitude of gratitude? Say it isn’t so! Really, where are the other nine? They were just healed of leprosy, and now they're too busy to say thank you? That's taking ingratitude and entitlement to another level! Maybe this is a good time to evaluate whether we’ve given the Lord the thanks and honor He deserves for all the good things He’s done for us.
Being Smug: Jesus was really impressed with a sinful woman who washed His feet with her hair, fragrant oil and tears; and He was pretty unimpressed with the Pharisees who were smug about their own sins, justified in judging her and happy to dishonor Him. Jesus said, “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7:47, NIV) When we know the scope of our sin and the price Jesus paid to cover our debt, we will love Him much! When we presume we’re good enough – without much need for His great mercy – we love little.
Today, let’s make some adjustments and be true worshipers! Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. Give Him thanks for every good thing He’s done for you. Remember the scope of your debt and how much He’s forgiven you, and then love Him all the more!
Say It: “Father, I want to be a true worshiper. I want Your eyes to find me. Lord, I worship You with all my heart. I give you the profound reverence You deserve. You are God alone. I worship You in spirit and in truth. I love You Lord. I honor You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen”