True Worship: The Lifestyle of Spirit & Truth
John 4:23 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24] God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
Proverbs 3:9 Honor [worship] the LORD with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; 10] so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine
Worship is an all encompassing, all inclusive experience. It is both spiritual and physical; temporal and eternal. It involves the total person, spirit, soul, body and even our possessions. Worship is more then our singing on Sunday morning.
We must challenge ourselves to worship God in fullness and in the release of everything to Him.
It is human nature to worship according to our own preferences and pleasures—like the Samaritan woman Jesus spoke to as recorded in the Gospel of John.
However, the problem with such worship is that it is unbalanced and conveniently neglects that part of worship which is undesirable.
God requires that we worship Him at two levels at all times: “In Spirit” and “In Truth.”
“In Spirit” addresses the supernatural dimension of our walk with God and the transcendent nature of His presence
“In Truth” addresses the practical, everyday actions we engage in obedience to the Truth. Jesus said, “Your Word is Truth.”
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service (“your act of spiritual worship” -NIV).
As it relates to our giving, worship involves how and what we give to God. Our first fruits, our tithes, and our offerings are all a reflection of our worship of God in spirit and in truth.
I invite you to listen to the message on my Firm Foundation Podcast, "True Worship: The Lifestyle of Spirit & Truth"