You Are a Worshipper

Would you consider yourself a worshipper?

Believers in God might be quick to say yes, while others who are not believers—or perhaps are skeptics—would say they’re not.

I would suggest to you that everyone is a worshipper.

Now, understand me. I did not say that everyone worships God. I simply stated that everyone worships.

Some worship at the altar of the “First Church of the Perfect Physique.” To them, it’s all about how they look. Others worship at the “Altar of the Mall.” To them, it’s all about what they wear. Others worship celebrities or sports stars or political heroes. But everyone worships someone or something.

Now consider this: God is looking for people to worship Him! He is seeking seekers!

Years ago, Jesus had an intense conversation on a hot afternoon with a woman who had wasted years of her life chasing men who let her down. Jesus knew what she really was seeking deep down inside was a relationship with God. She was spiritually thirsty and He made this statement to her:

But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23–24 nlt)

But how do we do this? How do we worship God in “spirit and in truth”?

Is there some sort of formula or ritual for doing so? Perhaps there’s a special place or time that is best suited to get in contact with God. Don’t we need specially trained people to help us call upon the Lord?

Jesus was explaining that true worship is not about necessarily meeting at a particular place or time, but rather a matter of the heart. In other words, spiritual worship is not about where or when; it’s about how.

When Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the spirit and in truth,” He indicated two fundamental elements of true worship:

  1. God must be worshipped in spirit.
  2. God must be worshipped in truth.

Let’s start with the latter—God must be worshipped in truth. The God we worship must be the true God—not a god of our own making. So our worship of God must be based on reality or truth. And what is that truth?

First, God can only be approached and known though Jesus Christ.

I know that some people cringe at a statement like this. But it is the truth as presented in the Bible.

You see, Jesus is God made flesh. The more we know about Jesus and His life, the more clearly we see the reality of God. And it is only through his sacrifice and death on the cross that we have access to the Father. We don’t attempt to approach God on the basis of our own personal righteousness or merits. We put our trust in Jesus as the One who makes us right with God.

Second, God is worthy of our worship, and we should worship Him whether or not we feel like it.

Do you think some of Jesus’ followers were “in the mood” to worship God when they were arrested, beaten, and thrown in the dungeon for their faith? Would you have been? We read the story of the apostle Paul and his friend Silas, who were whipped and put in stocks in a dungeon. Yet at midnight, they sang praises to God.

Look, it’s one thing to come to church and worship when we feel like it, when things are going reasonably well. The bills are paid. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. Everything is good. So we say, “Praise God!”

Then the next Sunday, the sun isn’t shining. The birds aren’t singing. There are problems. So we think, “I don’t feel like going to church.” But that’s when we need to worship more than ever. That’s when we need to say, “Lord, I’m helpless. Lord, I need your wisdom. I need your guidance. I need your power. I need your comfort. Lord, I am turning to you.” We worship regardless of our circumstances, because God is always worthy of our praise. We should worship God not because we are in the mood, but because God has asked us to and has everything in control. That is the sacrifice of praise.

Third, we can’t worship God when we knowingly have sin in our lives.

That doesn’t mean we have to be sinless before we can worship God—that’s impossible. Rather, when we knowingly and willfully sin against God, we are deceiving ourselves—and our prayers and worship will not be received.

For example, if I know I’ve lied to someone and have no plans to come clean anytime soon, I can’t expect my worship to be meaningful before God. Or if I am holding a grudge against someone and have no intention of trying to work things out with him or her, then I shouldn’t expect God to be honored by my worship. Or if I am living in sexual sin, I shouldn’t expect God to want to hear my songs of praise or prayers and petitions. The psalmist tells us, “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18 nlt).

God wants our lives and our worship to be combined together in an honorable way. God wants us to worship in spirit and in truth. And God wants our hearts more than anything else.

So accept it—you are a worshipper! Just make sure you are worshipping the right God in the right way.

10 thoughts on “You Are a Worshipper

  1. Simeon Lara

    The Heart is the matter!

    There’s a hole in the hearts of every person and nothing can ever filled the empty space except the One who created it. Turning to different things that makes us happy or satisfy our satiety of the flesh doesn’t fill that empty space, it’s time to make a decision to give our broken (pots)hearts to the Potter to mold it back to were He intended it to be. Until then nothing can satisfy our hungry soul. It’s time to surrender and lay down our hearts full of trouble to the throne of GRACE.

  2. Mary Cassio

    Thank you for everything you do to spread God’s word. Your sermons have helped me in more ways than you could imagine. Your radio program brought me back to God at just the right time. I was lost and I had literally given up on life. God is doing great things through you, you are truly blessed.

  3. Pamela Hickson

    This message is close to my heart. You see God has been working in my heart to worship Him alone. To give all I am and even what I think I am to Him. My life has been full of big, big problems for the past 4 years. Like a huge set of waves with an undertow. I come up for air to be immediately faced with another wave of trouble. God is faithful! He has been working in me to will and to do His good pleasure. It’s been a gradual progression of stripping everything from me. Until now I am totally without hope in this world. But guess what? I’ve found my hope in God alone. I may be homeless next month. It’s a reality I am facing. I’ve exhausted all resources I know of. That’s where God will bring us, to the end of ourselves. Jesus is my life, my breath, my provider, healer, wisdom, lover of my soul and my heavenly Abba Father. In the midst of confusion and uncertainty hope in God stands firm. In the midst of angry creditors hounding me for payments I do not have, God is my peace. I’ve lost everything and yet I have more than everything! God has finally got me where He wants me. I worship Him in spirit and truth because I am a worshipper! “One thing I desire of the Lord, that will I seek after, That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple. For in time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavillion; in.the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait I say, on the LORD!”
    Psalm 27:4-5, 13-14
    Blessed be the name of the Lord!

  4. Barry and Katherine Dingle

    We live in Carlsbad, California and attend church in Solana Beach, California. We love Greg’s devotionals and books, and his sermons, videos, etc.

  5. Frank Palacios

    Very powerful, but pastor gl, could you on your next article posting elaborate more on how to deal with confessing those sins out to the public and before God, its easy to do it before God, sometimes we do it and no change and its so hard to do it with other humans. I believe its a heart thing and a real renewal of the mind. What do u thing be bless and thank you for your time to post these articles. God bless you

  6. Deborah Prevette

    Loved this Truth! I feel as though I worship My Abba all day . I start my day with praise and worship. If I am awake that means He woke me up and He has plans for me.I love my JESUS with all of my heart soul and mind.

  7. Michael Allen

    Greg has the ability to explain the Bible so anyone can understand. I do enjoy worship of God whether alone or in church.

  8. Tamara Hemmingsen

    God’s used my hard times to bring me closer to him, now I can See his mercy he has for me.. Compassionate and Soven

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