Scripture Passage: John 4:24
The greatest commandment is to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. (See Mark 12:29-30.) Keeping this commandment is how we find our blessing and give God glory; it is our ultimate priority, supreme duty, and maximum privilege.
John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
In context, Jesus said this while journeying through Samaria, which was considered enemy territory for Him (as a Jewish man). Yet, Jesus considered this detour a divine appointment with the woman at the well.
Jesus recognized that this woman was bound by sin and broken by sorrow, thirsty for God. She initially tried to debate religion with Jesus to deflect from the inner turmoil in her heart.
In their conversation, we can first see our urgency to worship the right person: God the Father.
In John 4:23, Jesus says, “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.”
We must also worship in the right place. In the Gospels, Jesus teaches us that God does not dwell in temples made with hands. Because of Jesus Christ, the holy veil has been torn, and God now dwells in us.
We have the tremendous privilege to worship any place, any time; every day is a holy day, and every place is a sacred place.
Adrian Rogers says, “The significance of coming to church is not primarily to come to worship, but that we bring our worship.”
Additionally, we must worship with the right procedure: in spirit and in truth.
Worship comes from within; we serve God with our spirit first, before we ever serve with our hands and feet. But real worship also has a theological base; our worship rises no higher than our concept of God.
Finally, we must worship for the right purpose.
We don’t go to church to be blessed, but rather, to bless. It’s only after we forget about ourselves and begin to worship God that we will receive the blessings of our worship.
Apply it to your life
Do you worship the one true God, every day, in spirit and in truth, for the right purpose? Examine your heart today, and begin giving Him glory for what He has done in your life.