Yesterday we talked about worshippers of God who “even while the worship the Lord they serve their idols.” (2 Kings 17:41) It doesn’t matter if you call yourself a Christian or not this kind of worship is really nothing more than hedging your bets. While God may accept it there is another kind of worshipper that He is seeking.
“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. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
Many people in the moment worship in spirit. But they lack in the truth department. Others lack both spirit and truth. What I mean is that we can get caught up in the feeling of a moment when you sense the presence of God’s Spirit in a worship service. But many times we leave and go back to serving our idols. When the next Sunday comes along we go to worship God because that is what our religion asks of us but we continue to give a place to our idols. So we do not worship in truth because we cannot in a worship song proclaim Jesus as Lord while in our hearts we harbor idols of money, sex, porn, relationships, work, family, alcohol, etc. That is not worship in truth.
Others may get caught up in singing a catchy tune with good music but they don’t really understand who it is they are worshipping. They do not know Jesus Christ. While they can still worship in spirit they too cannot worship in truth. Religious people who have knowledge think they are worshipping truth but if we are lacking in love then we truly do not know they God we proclaim to worship for God is love.
But can someone who does not yet know God or who doesn’t proclaim to know Christ worship Him and should we encourage them to do so? We’ll discuss tomorrow. Until then keep a stiff upper lip.