Read John 4:19-26
God is not only seeking fruit in the lives of His children, but He is also seeking true worshipers.
We commonly think of worship in terms of stained-glass windows, choirs,and an order of service, but Jesus said nothing about these things. To Him, the most important factor was the condition of the heart, not the location or the position of the body. Worship is that adoring attitude of reverence that is lost in the glory and wonder of what God is. It is not simply thanking God for what He has done; it is praising Him for who He is. It is Job confessing that he is vile and unable to speak to God (Job 40:1-5). It is John beholding Christ’s beauty and glory and falling dead at His feet (Rev. 1:9-17). Yes, and it is that little child taken up in His arms to receive His love and His blessing.
God is seeking true worshipers, believers who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Worship can be counterfeited by the flesh, but it will not be true worship. Fellowship with God that demands architecture to look at, great choirs to listen to, and incense to smell, is far below the kind of worship that God seeks. Only the indwelling Holy Spirit can lead us into true worship.
It must be in truth. This means a clean heart, a heart resting up on the truths of the Word of God. God is not seeking ignorant worship! HE wants our hearts and minds filled with the words and truths of His Word. The more we learn about God from His Word, the deeper our worship will be.
God is seeking worshipers because worship ultimately leads to service. It cannot be a selfish thing! The true worshiper must eventually say, as Isaiah did, “Here am I, send me.”
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)
Dr. Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019) was an internationally known Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He graduated in 1953 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While attending seminary, he was ordained as pastor of Central Baptist Church in 1951 and served until 1957. From September 1957 to 1961, Wiersbe served as Director of The Literature Division for Youth for Christ International. From 1961 to 1971 he pastored Calvary Baptist Church of Covington, Kentucky south of Cincinnati, Ohio. His sermons were broadcast as the “Calvary Hour” on a local Cincinnati radio station. From 1971 to 1978, He served as the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago 1971 to 1978. While at Moody Church he continued in radio ministry. Between August 1979 and March 1982, he wrote bi-weekly for Christianity Today as “Eutychus X”, taught practical theology classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and wrote the course material and taught a Doctor of Ministry course at Trinity and Dallas Seminary. In 1980 he transitioned to Back to the Bible radio broadcasting network where he worked until 1990. Dr. Wiersbe became Writer in Residence at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In his lifetime, Dr. Wiersbe wrote over 170 books—including the popular Be series, which has sold over four million copies. Dr. Wiersbe was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).