John 4:23-24 (NLT)
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in 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 in truth.”
There is just something about a night of worship with only women. Women desire and crave intimacy at its deepest level. Accustomed to yielding as it is our physical makeup, they hope for a connection with the Lord that is beyond physical and completely spiritual. No wonder Jesus chose to speak to the “woman” at the well and not a “man” at the gate to the city. Woman are natural born servants created to bear and nurture children. Some people may be offended but I am sharing in the most basic of formers. God created women to be good helpers. (Genesis 2:18) Women are blessed with the innate ability to submit although many have cast off their innermost nature to adopt society’s mindset of equality. I believe all people are created equal and that God loves us all. I do not believe one gender or race supersedes another in any way shape or form. I also believe that God created every single person with a purpose and plan. Those attributes that have been changed by the world in which we live have a devastating effect on the outcome of that purpose and plan. We must learn to embrace who we are defined by our Creator and claim the new life that Jesus Christ died for us to have. We have come to worship so many different things in life that it difficult to distinguish the truth from a lie. Technology has advanced so that once was a whisper in our ear has become a world of blaring noise with overpowering influence on people. The lie of the enemy regarding who we are and what God made us is distributed in surround sound around the world. But in the silence of solitude the human heart still wonders about what is to come. In the moment just before sleep as thoughts wind down, is God real? We whisper a prayer in that moment hoping it will suffice before the alarm clock shocks us back to life. Where are the worshippers of God as in the days of old who like Daniel and his friends who would rather endure death at the jaws of hungry lions or perish in a raging fire than ever worship anything or anyone other than the Lord God? Jesus is looking for such worshippers who do so in spirit and in truth! Is that you? If not, it could be! Man or woman, it does not matter. He is meeting you right where you are but not as you suppose. There will be no instruments or a talented choir when worship hits home. It will not be in the midst of a crowd with a fabulous light show and electric guitar. No, it will be when all is stripped away and you simply come with a longing to bring something of worth that will bless God’s Heart. These words from Matt Redman’s song, “Heart of Worship” are so very true. Where are the worshippers today? They are lost in the noise of this world waiting for an encounter with Jesus Christ just like the woman at the well. The Father is, indeed, look for those who will worship Him that way.
John 9:24-34 (NLT)
So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.” “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” “But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?” “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?” Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.” “Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.” “You were born a total sinner!” they answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.
Worship is based solely on our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. No man can add to it or take from it because it is not natural but supernatural. It is a spiritual intimacy that humanity has difficulty perceiving and even more trouble accepting. Nevertheless it peaks the curiosity of many. Worship is not religion. It is not produced in a church, sanctuary, monastery or temple no matter how hard we try. It comes from a heart so in love with the Lord that it thrives on the connection. Worship is created inside the human heart (it is spiritual) and released into the atmosphere by human beings in love with God and righteous through Jesus Christ making their homage, adoration and devotion acceptable to the Lord. When Jesus healed the man who had been blind since birth, it caused quite a stir with the Pharisees. This wasn’t happening in their synagogues so they questioned its validity based on religion. Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath so the Pharisees dismissed it as magic. How like us as people and church members to dismiss a Move of God when it is not our way on our timeline in our comfort zone, can I get a “hallelujah”?! The man was interrogated and so was his family. His response was this to the religious leaders, “But I know this: I was blind and now I can see!” After his encounter with Jesus Christ, no one would ever change the mind of this man concerning Christ’s Identity again! The man became a worshipper even when religion would come against his new relationship with Jesus Christ. Faith took root in his heart and confident hope began to grow there. Religion tried to kill it but this man would have none of it. What has the Lord done for you? Well, you were once a sinner and now have Eternal Life. Surely this must be worth something to you…if you believe. Faith must be backed by belief or it is merely religion. Religion is devised around a doctrine that takes man’s concept of God and forms a human union. But a relationship with Jesus Christ goes beyond that…it produces a powerful partnership that is able to see past the details of life and endure hardships knowing that the One who has called us is faithful! It is the reason the woman whose husband unexpectedly and abruptly dies of cancer in less than two months still worships the Lord in the midst of uncertainty with secure faith that He is a Husband to the husbandless. Jesus is the reason the woman whose husband strays stays faithful to God and her husband on the hard road back to a prosperous marriage. Her heart is not heavy but hoisted to God. Her faith is in the Lord and her expectation too as she worships her way into a prosperous marriage once more. He is the reason that I can endure not one or two or three but four battles with cancer knowing healing is coming for our precious child no matter what the statistics predict or doctor’s fear…I can be fearless in the Lord because He is my Healer. I am not crazy but in love with Jesus Christ in spirit and truth. Worship is based on our relationship with the Lord because when all is stripped away and we come only faith and trust in God will produce a single note from a broken heart. When Jesus showed up and healed the blind man, one might think He would be welcomed in the synagogue. But after questioning the man, the Pharisees threw him out along with his faith because of his relationship with Jesus Christ. Are we doing it today and calling it worship? When the Lord does it different do we reject change? I am coming back to the heart of worship because it is all about you Jesus!
John 3:16-17 (NLT)
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
Do you believe this to be true? If you do, worship should be an intricate part of your existence now and forever more. The God who is the Creator of the Universe and Sovereign in Power over everything in it chose to have a relationship with you! He sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ, to live a life of hardship ending in devastating betrayal and torturous murder to bear the sins of every person ever born. His Suffering would make available deliverance and healing including full restoration to generations and generations of rebellious and willful sinners saved by Amazing Grace. If you believed this wholeheartedly, it would change your life. God did not send Jesus to judge the world although He had the power to do so but chose to love people more than their problems. What was the people’s response? Read ahead in the chapter and find that people loved the darkness more than the Light. What is worship? One definition says that it is reverent honor and homage paid to God. I looked at the word “homage” not really knowing what it meant and discovered it is something given in acknowledgement or consideration of the worth of another. Worship, true worship, is a life lived in reverent honor and homage to God. You cannot do so it you have not accepted fully the true value of one’s salvation. If you do not understand the gift you have been given, how will you ever know its true worth? You must know God’s Value and Christ’s Worth to be a true worshipper in spirit and in truth. The Holy Spirit aids our spirit and the Word of God is Truth. Both of these treasured assets will produce greater understanding of the true value and worth so proper homage can be given the Lord.
Matthew 22:36-38 (NLT)
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. ’This is the first and greatest commandment.’”
Worship is adoring reverence and regard. Adoration is to regard with the utmost esteem, love and respect. There are some people that I hold in high esteem, love and respect but my affection for the Lord should be greater than anyone else in my life. Words are not what the Lord wants. This world is filled with pointless and idle words circulation the atmosphere. The most important commandment in the Law of Moses is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. It sounds really simple, but for many it is not. Do you really love the Lord? Does He take precedence in our life? Is He our greatest priority ranking even above our family and our self? Reverence for the Lord out of fear of death and hell is not what He is after. He does not want you to regard His Power and Authority out of awe if there is no love involved. God wants you to love Him. Really love Him. Jesus is after our heart. The Holy Spirit is evidence of a longing for divine intimacy with His People that is much deeper than what we do or say. Is it time to work on your love affair with Jesus? He is worthy of every second devoted to loving Him more.
Matthew 6:24-25 (NLT)
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”
Worship is to be devoted to and full of admiration for the Lord. Devotion is commitment. Commitment includes time, talent and treasure. What is it that you seek to accumulate most? That is your treasure. It is the object of your true affection as evidenced by your devotion to it. What are you dedicated to? Well, work is dedication of time. You have a schedule including arrival and departure with a list of duties to accomplish and as long as you are faithful to this arrangement – you will be paid. Do you devote any time to worship? If you like to work out then you probably have a regular routine and gym membership that you faithfully follow and attend. Do you devote your talent to worship? Most people must live on some kind of budget whether implied or literal. Everyone has a long list of material items they either need or want to have and work to attain them. Do you devote some of your treasure to worship? What are you giving back to the Lord? Worship is so much more than a song! We do not receive worship but produce it from our heart as a sacrifice to God. With no sacrifice there is no worship because it is based on a relationship. No one wants a half-hearted relationship or it would be less than we require as people. My husband does not have my permission to date or entertain other woman. No sir! Such an act would be a breach in our marriage covenant. Why would God require any less from those who are married to Jesus Christ?
Psalm 29:1-2 (NLT)
Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings; honor the LORD for his glory and strength. Honor the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
New relationships are always a little tenuous. Each side a bit unsure of how much to give or when to give it. Trust is always an issue. Past relationships definitely impact a person’s willingness to commit to the next one. God loves you! He loved you first and He loved you the best! He gave His All from the very beginning! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by worshipping the Lord with your mind, soul and body! But will you become a true worshipper? God does not like fake and He sees right through fake people. He just doesn’t bother listening to them. He is looking into each heart for the one who will worship Him with sincerity offering reverent homage, adoring reverence and devoted commitment. Are you that person? Are you a true worshipper?
Psalm 89:15-17 (NLT)
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness. You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong.