“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)
Religion attracts all kinds of rules, regulations and observances. It seems that humankind cannot get away from performing outward acts in an attempt to please God. Humankind believes that these acts are pleasing to God and therefore will merit His mercy. They forget who God really is. He is a real Spirit who wishes to commune with His creatures created in His image. He wishes a real and honest relationship with us. That relationship can come only from the heart of a person – one’s spirit. It can only exist if it is truthful in all aspects with the Creator. We are now able to worship our God in spirit and truth because the Truth, Jesus, has been revealed to us. Our worship always radiates from Him.
Outward rules and observances are the easy way out for many Christians. They can become deceived that these are pleasing to God and they become a type of good works. Humankind looks for such easy religions which have a rule for about everything but no way to develop a real relationship with God. Being a Christian is more difficult in that sense. We need to spend time with our God through studying the Bible and prayer. This brings us into a new worship that is vital and alive for us. We worship our God in spirit because we know Him as Truth. We know Jesus.
Heavenly Father, open our hearts and minds to worship You in all Your fullness – Spirit and Truth. May our worship come from sincere hearts that have been transformed by Your Grace and Spirit. Receive our worship to Your Praise and Glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is retired from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and a guest columnist.