It’s Your Heart… Period!

04
Feb

John 4:23 – But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Jesus responded to a genuine question from the Samaritan woman about worship and religious tradition. Jesus and the woman were from different religious and cultural lineages — with different ways of doing things that created barriers between them. Jesus explained that the Jewish people did have it right — that they had been given true instructions from God on worship.

However, Jesus came to announce a new way. No longer would a formal relationship be the standard. Jesus was creating a way of intimacy — a higher way that God had always wanted. He hinted at throughout the Old Testament. He desired more than sacrifice — He desired a sincere heart. Now Jesus was declaring that the New had come, and that True worship had less to do with place or style, and had only to do with spirit (heart) and truth. It was less about what one’s lips did, and more about the sincerity of one’s heart.

Worship involves turning our attention to God. It involves recognizing who He is and what He means to us. It is to let thankfulness and praise and honor well up from inside us. Worship can be done with others, or alone. Worship can be done in a formal religious setting or spontaneously while on a walk admiring God’s creation or even while driving a car.

Bring your heart to a place of admiration of God and thanksgiving for having God in your life and all that you have because of that. As your heart enters that place, worship becomes spontaneous and natural.

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