What being a genuine Christian – looks like:
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Rather than a preamble to set this scripture in context – I want to get to the point straight away:
For all who enquire after the things of God. Seeking some starting point to understand what it is to worship God, or understand God, or grasp what it is to be a Christian believer, what it ‘looks’ like is communicated clearly in this verse.
Worshipping God is not confined to a given vicinity or building. The need for a religious label is not a pre-requisite for acceptance.
It is a 24/7 experience for all those who believe in and accept Jesus Christ as Lord.
He promises to be with us always – ‘us’ being the persons who give their lives over to Him.
This is a spiritual experience involving the heart, soul and spirit of a human being.
It is an encounter spiritually with The Christ of God.
Bob Dylan lyric…
Many try to stop me, shake me up in my mind
Say, “Prove to me that He is Lord, show me a sign”
What kind of sign they need when it all come from within…
Reflecting on Mr. Dylan’s lyric we understand that true spirituality is again, to do with the innermost being.
So turning your life over to Christ is not some pie-in-the-sky bye and bye experience – but it happens when we reach out for Jesus at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, right now. Right now because:
For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
It’s a ‘now’ for all those who will believe.
Notice in the verse, first quoted, that the inner reality where we experience the Presence of God is to do with the human spirit.
the true worshipers will worship the Father IN SPIRIT…
But for this to happen we must first expose ourselves to the truth in The Bible.
for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
These two realities are inseparable in our endeavours to know the Only Living and True God and His Son Jesus Christ.
The truth supplied by the revelation of Jesus Christ will make you free.
As in all blog posts to do with Christian truth, we have space for only touching on subjects. The true seekers must:
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
Ask not – am I a baptist, a methodist, an anglican, a pentecostal, etc.-
Ask: ‘am I a worshipper in SPIRIT AND TRUTH?’
As I ask you the same question?