Worship in Spirit and in Truth
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Those who worship God must in spirit and in truth. God is not like mankind. He does not have a physical frame nor is God limited by time. God is always present and ought to be worshiped in all places. True worshippers of God worship him in spirit and truth. This means that all those who give worship to God must worship the One true God who is a spirit revealed in Holy Scripture. The Bible teaches us the truth concerning God. Therefore, the message and teachings of Scripture is the central focus of true Christian worship.
The soul that is dead in sin cannot worship God faithfully. Those who have been made alive by the spirit of God worship him. In Matthew 15:8-9 we learn a fundamental truth about worship. The Lord Jesus Christ says those who worship him from their hearts are worshipping him correctly. Notice in that text the warning Christ gives against false worship. Those who teach the word of man are guilty of false worship. You can hear many of these preachers today. They will say all manner of things that Scripture does not teach. They will often twist or pervert Scripture to mean something it does not.
It is particularly important that Christian people worship God as Scripture instructs them to. Here are some questions to help you search your heart concerning true worship.
1. Is coming to worship services your primary purpose on the Lords Day?
2. Is your mind full of holy fear of God?
3. Do you really love to praise his name?
4. Have you partaken in Lords Supper without a deep examination of yourself?
5. Do you listen to the sermon and take in what is being said?
6. Do you seek to be a doer of the word?
7. Are you seeking personal holiness daily?
All the questions above are crucial when thinking about right worship towards God. Confess the sins you need to. This is also an act of worship. Give God the right amount of respect due.