“But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him. God is spirit and His worshippers must worship in the spirit and in truth”. John 4:24
The verse above brings out a very interesting phrase “when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth”. Interesting about this phrase is “true worshippers”. How do we define true worshippers? What qualifies one to be a true worshipper? Are you a true worshipper? This phrase looks complex but has a simple understanding. Paul however perfectly describe who a true worshipper is in Romans 12:1-2.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and please to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. 2. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will”. Romans 12:1-2
The passage contains all the elements of true worship in simple terms. Firstly, it urges us to consider the mercies of God. His patients, love and care must not be taken for granted. He has been so good, showing forth His fervent mercies and everlasting love. Because of His love and mercies, evil flees from His chosen. He protects and takes care of His own. He ensures His chosen do not lack, they are filled with abundance and favor, a love we do not deserve or earn. For the Psalmist exclaims in Psalm 8:4, “what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?” It is our obligation to acknowledge God’s mercies and offer reverence to Him.
The verse further states that “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship”. This aspect is description of the manner of how we are to worship. Our bodies must be free from sin; hate, envy, fornication, stealing among others. Our minds must be clear and focused on God. That is, before true worship can take place we must seek God’s forgiveness. We must cast our burdens and wrong doings to Him and in His mercies, He will forgive us and set our hearts free (1 John 1:9). This makes our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.
The world is full of evil and disregard for the laws of God. But confirming to the world doesn’t only involve engaging in sinful activities such as fornication, stealing. It also has to do with our minds; our thoughts, our relationship with God, the amount of time we spend in His presence and reading His Holy word. Our thoughts, manifest into actions and the words we speak. The second verse urges us not to conform or act in accordance with the behaviors of this world but be transformed by the renewing (confirming our thoughts to His Holiness) of your mind. This is as simple as it sounds. Our thoughts, actions and words, our being, our living, our lives must be submitted to His perfect will – must conform to His word and decrees.
Now the best part of Romans12:1-2 is its last sentence where it assures us of experiencing God’s perfect will. His perfect will, a will that surpasses any human imagination, a will that no human mind can conceive, beautiful and perfect for us. God knows our thoughts, our hearts desires and aspirations, but these are human desires. His plans and will for us are greater and more perfect once we surrender our hearts and thoughts completely to Him in worship.
Wherever you are, wherever you find yourself, whatever the situation be, just open up the mouth pf your heart, lift up your hands to heaven; don’t be discouraged, don’t let your situation prevent you from giving your all in all, from giving reverence and adoration to Him that deserves it, to Him that created the universe, to Him that gave you the breathe of life.
Shame the devil, don’t conform to the situations surrounding you. Stand firm as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did when they refused to bow to a lifeless powerless idol (Daniel 3). They witnessed the manifestation of God’s power and grace in their midst as they continue to praise and worship His Holy name. For the presence of God was heavily and highly with them.
Not leaving out Daniel, prior to his arrest and thrown into the lion’s den when he went to his upper room to offer his Maker praise and worship (Daniel 6). The power of worship he offered to God as His saving grace for the Lord does not forget His chosen.
True worship is not confined to what we do in church or open praise (these are also good things to continue practicing), however true worship is acknowledging God and His greatness and power in everything we do, in our thoughts and hearts. The highest form of praise and worship is total obedience to Him and His word. To achieve this, we must know Him, we cannot be ignorant of Him – of His Holy word (Acts 17:23). Worship is a feeling or expression of reverence and adoration to the Most High.
Written by Justice Atoklo