“But a time is coming and is already here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit [from the heart, the inner self] and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”John 4:23-24 AMP
What if I told you worship wasn’t a song, but a way of life?
Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.Romans 12:1 AMP
What if I told you living every moment of your remaining time here on Earth to please your Heavenly Father was the most rational thing a person could do?
That’s the conclusion I’ve drawn from examining the Scriptures and my personal trial-and-error experience thus far. The Scriptures prove to be true. And why wouldn’t they? They are inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.
I’m trying to come up with a simple way to explain how to live the Christian life. The why
of course is the Gospel. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
You’ll notice that all of these activities are relational in nature. They’re all birthed from love. Love of God, love of stranger, love of friends, love of family, love of community.
We pray to God to know Him better. Prayer is our dialog with our Creator. We say what we think and feel and hope for. We listen for His response. We wait for the fulfillment of His promises to us, both corporately and individually.
The most important skill to know is how to pray and listen to God’s voice effectively. Good communication skills involve listening and responding. It’s our legal right as believers to commune and fellowship with God. Jesus purchased that right when He purchased us by His blood. Fellowship restored, that’s what reconciliation means.
Evangelism is sharing the message of God with those who don’t know Him yet. If you don’t know God personally, you are a stranger to Him. You haven’t been introduced yet. We share the Good News of Jesus Christ being our Savior and Lord with those who obviously don’t know Him based on their lifestyle.
You judge a tree by its fruit. If someone is righteous, they know the Righteous One. If someone is habitually disobedient to God’s prescribed way of life, they obviously don’t adequately know their Heavenly Father and His love yet. Go share both with them when the opportunity presents itself. If they believe, you’ve won yourself a friend.
Disciples are our friends in Christ who we invest ourselves in to build them up in love. Believers are born. We make disciples. Just like babies need someone to nurture and care for them to survive this harsh and unforgiving world, new believers need spiritual care and feeding to mature, become strong in the Lord and become disciplemakers themselves.
Iron sharpens iron. No matter how long you’ve been walking with the Lord, you need others around you to mentor and encourage you to keep going to the next level in your walk of obedience and submission to God. This thing isn’t over until it’s over. We are life long learners. Everyday we discover deeper truths and more intimate fellowship with God and each other.
Fellowship is living out the Christ-centered life with other true believers. We are the forever family of God, we might as well get to know each other. It’s heart level communication for mutual edification, encouragement and building up in love. It’s all the “one another” statements in the Bible. Love one another. Encourage one another. Pray for one another, etc. Go look them up and highlight them in the Bible for yourself. Put them into practice. It’s world changing stuff.
Service is not a weekly sit-down show. It’s compassion fueled meeting of needs. It’s visiting and caring for the urgent needs of widows, orphans, the poor, the prisoner, the foreigner, the outsider. God loves the poor. God loves the outcast. Basically, anyone who doesn’t fit into our consumerism driven economy is near and dear to God’s heart. He didn’t create money, we did. You can’t serve God and money. Anyways, I digress. Obey your Master because you love Him. Love people, use things. Not the other way round.
It’s simply enough to say, recognize and believe that everything in Creation was created by God, through God, and for God for His glory. Including us. We exist to bring God glory as we pray, evangelize the lost, disciple the saved, love one another and serve one another, regardless of current salvation status. That’s what it means, to me, to be a Christian and I believe I too have the Holy Spirit.
Worship is a way of life, not a song. We sing praises to our King while we do whatever we do, not just on Sunday morning. The sooner we unbox the Church, the sooner we can go and make disciples. The model of how we “do church” will radically change when we pick up our crosses daily and realize we are the Church. Just be who God created you to be. No performance needed.
Father in Heaven, we desire to worship You in spirit and in truth. Let our praise and service towards You be genuine and heart felt. Let our lives not be a hypocritical show performed for others anymore. Let everything we do be done in love for an audience of One. Your’s is the only opinion that matters. Your opinion is truth. We humble ourselves today under Your mighty hand. Give us breath. Give us life. Give us words to say, love to share, hope to hold onto. We live for You. We die for You. Give us wisdom to live our days well to well please You, our God and our Savior. To God be the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Colossians 3:17 ESV