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. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24).
On the drive home after Sunday service, my wife decided to stop at the fabric store and buy some yarn for a crochet project. She parked the car directly in front of the store and promised to be only a few minutes. Daniel slid his earphones into his ears and I picked up my Bible to look something up.
A few minutes later the driver’s side door opened and a woman sat down behind the wheel. She looked at me. I looked at her. It took a moment before we both simultaneously realized that this woman had gotten into the wrong car. She laughed, apologized, and then got into another red car two spaces down the sidewalk.
I have no doubt that the woman who accidentally got into our car thought she knew what she was doing. It was an honest mistake, but she was still wrong. There are also many times we approach God or the practice of religion, thinking we know what we’re doing. We’re copying what another has done or said, or what our tradition may be … we’re on autopilot, but never checked for ourselves what God says.
The Bible reminds us that There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12). With this in mind, consider 3 simple points made by Jesus in John 4:23-24 about the worship of God the Father:
- First, there are true and false worshipers of God;
- Second, God has established an acceptable way to worship Him;
- Third, worship is spiritual and cultivated in the truth.
How do we know God’s acceptable means of worshiping Him? He tells us in the Bible.