What does “truth” mean to you?
If you didn’t consider that the question above makes the assumption that “truth” can have different meanings to different people, then let me be the first to welcome you to the Post-Modern era! Long gone are the days where “truth” has just one meaning that is accepted by everyone. We live in a world where perspective is everything and there are only shades of gray where black and white used to be.
24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
But how can we worship in spirit and in truth if we no longer know what truth is?
Jesus is revealing something of great importance to us here in this passage. Not only is He leading this woman to the truth that He is the Messiah, but He is revealing to us what it is that He is seeking by coming to us as the Incarnate God: true worship!
All throughout the Old Testament, God directs His people how to worship Him. From the early days when Moses told Pharaoh to let my people go so that we may be free to worship, to the building of the Ark and the Tabernacle, to the building of the temple itself, true worship was always to be carried out in the way that God commanded. At no time did God ever say, “Bring me whatever you feel is acceptable, and I will accept it.” Instead, God prescribed that worship was to be done the way that He had commanded in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.
And the Israelites did do what was commanded, but they did not do it in spirit and in truth. Their hearts were far from God and God did not accept their worship because of their disobedience. “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
So why should we expect that we can disobey God the way the Israelites did and then bring acceptable worship to Him?
If you want to bring worship that is pleasing to God, then turn to the only source of pure truth in this world: the Bible.
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus Christ is the only truth in this world, and He is revealed to us only in His Word, the Bible. So, if we want to know how to worship in spirit and in truth, all we need to do is look to His Word. What does His Word tell us?
In spirit – when we have been born again, we have been baptized into one Spirit.
In truth – we must worship in the way that God directs us in His Word.
Bottom line, only those who have been born again can worship God. Those who do not know Jesus Christ cannot worship, period! Those of us who have been born again must worship God His way, not our way.
Let’s consider this as we prepare to come together tomorrow morning and worship God. Let’s offer what is acceptable to Him and let’s do it with our whole hearts!