NT Tuesday: Worship in Spirit and Truth 
For the last couple weeks, we have been looking at the New Testament principle of worship. Our thesis, if you will, has been as follows: The Father seeks worshippers. As disciples of Jesus Christ, worship is a necessity – both corporately and individually. The Father desires it! But as any Master desiring something, it is to be on His terms. This by default means that it is not on our terms.
We’ve seen from scripture (John 4) that Lord Jesus said we must worship God “in spirit and in truth.” Last week, we discussed the first requirement for worshipping God. This week we are going to look at the second requirement of worshipping God – “in truth.” First, we must ask, what is “truth”? Truth is the Word of God. Truth is not arbitrary. Truth for one person is the same as truth for the next. God has given us clearly His will for us and it is revealed for us in the Word of God. Everything we do in worship, we must do in accordance with the Word of God. God has defined acceptable worship – not man.
Man, as he is inclined to do, comes up with his own ideas and his own ways of worshipping God. There is a proverb that would remind us of the dangers of that type of thinking – “There is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12). Often times, we are well-meaning and sincere, but we are also wrong. We cannot define worship as something different than how God has defined it.
Sadly, the human mind can rationalize nearly anything. Well-meaning brothers and sisters in Christ have convinced themselves that they can worship God however they want – whatever makes them feel good about themselves and their walk with the Lord. Just because we can rationalize something or just because it feels good (or we feel blessed), doesn’t make our actions right!
God has always told man how He is to be worshipped. He has not left it up to man to determine how to worship Him. And when man did use his own “judgment” or followed his own “conscience”, result was not good (think of Saul!). In Ephesians 5:17, we read “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence.” God has given us all things we need to know that pertain to worshipping Him so that we can worship Him in spirit and in truth.
One last point, because truth never changes, our worship doesn’t change. We do not need to make worship “relevant” for different peoples or different cultures or different generations. Worship is in response to KNOWING GOD – His person and His work. If we need to do anything to help people worship God, it’s teaching them about Him, showing them His glories from the Word. God has not changed, truth has not changed, and worship does not change and God certainly doesn’t need us to help Him make it relevant.
Until next week, fulfill your ministry!
Jump back to the first post in the Worship in Spirit and Truth series.
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