To be honest, this blog post was hard to both admit and write since my own worship has, at times, been lacking in these areas. In a sense, the following words is more of a sermon to myself than a Pharisaical accusation against others, because I am just as culpable as every other Christian reading this.
Sadly, for many western Christians today, worship does not extend beyond a passive period of shallow entertainment once per week designed to evoke a wide array of emotions and feelings in preparation for an even more shallow, self-aggrandizing sermon that rides the wave of these emotions to a “barely-any-water-at-all” invitation and benediction. In essence, there is barely any dimension at all, much less multidimensional as God intended.
Too harsh? Well, maybe it’s time we took a harsh stance against substandard worship of Almighty God! We would be in great company if we did! In the Gospel of John, Jesus Himself declared:
“But an hour is coming–and now is here–when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for indeed the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. God is Spirit, and the ones who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24, LEB
In these two verses, Jesus prescribes the foundation for our worship of God through “spirit and truth”. These two words add multiple dimensions to our worship that do the following: 1) They both perfectly align our worship of God to His glory; and, 2) They perfectly connect our spirit with His Spirit and our thoughts with His Word, which is Truth.
While it is possible to worship God in one without the other, and many of us Christians attempt to do that today, it leads to situations that I alluded to in the beginning of this post. However, when we worship God fully in both spirit and truth, our worship is most deserving of Him and pleasing to Him…a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional worship that becomes a rehearsal for eternity.
“When you go out of a meeting and say, ‘I didn’t get much out of that meeting tonight.’ That’s not the point! How much did God get out of it? Did He get worshipped? Did He get adoration? Our only business on earth is to glorify God.” Leonard Ravenhill