True Worship

What are your thoughts about God? How do you view Him? Do you put Him in a limited human body? Is your knowledge of Him only intellectual knowledge? Have you experienced Him in a heartfelt or spiritual way?

Billions of people in this world know of God. They may even know more about God intellectually than many who worship Him. Yet they don’t worship Him in spirit and truth. That is not how God is to be worshiped.

We often have mental pictures of God in our head. When we think of the Father, we may think of Father Time, Gandalf, or some other old man with white hair and a white beard. Likely, we also think of Him in a white robe. Our mental picture of Jesus is likely based on a painting we have seen at one time or another. He is Caucasian with brown hair and beard. He may be wearing a white robe and may have a red or blue sash. Unfortunately, these pictures are not necessarily true pictures.

We must remember that Jesus was Jewish, which means He would have had olive skin and black hair. He wouldn’t have had flowing locks, but curly hair. However, that is not how He looked then nor looks now.

God is spirit and He wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth. Worshiping Him in truth means to worship Him with our heart. Not just a portion of our heart, but our whole heart. We are to worship Him with our entire being. The place and the form don’t matter. By form, I mean the man-made liturgical traditions we have instituted over the centuries. God simply wants our entire heart and the worship we give Him from it will be a pleasing aroma to Him.

I pray we all worship God in spirit and truth. I pray we worship Him with our whole heart. I pray each one of us seeks, praises, and worships God with our entire being. Remove your false pictures of God. See Him for who He is. Worship in spirit and truth. Worship with your whole heart.

John 4:21, 23-24 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem…. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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