Of course that brings us to the next logical question. What’s the best way to worship God? That was a very controversial subject in Jesus’ day. As you’ll see it’s just as controversial today – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Worship was especially divisive between the Jews and the Samaritans. This was brought out in the discourse between Jesus and the woman at the well. The Lord was trying to get her to talk about spiritual things by explaining to her about His ability to give her living water.
Instead, to change the subject, the woman brought up the controversy about where true worship was to take place. Was it in Jerusalem, as the Jews believed, or the mountain where the Samaritans went.
Jesus told her that true worship is not about place. You see, they had the same misconception that we do. We refer to the “worship service” and we call our buildings “houses of worship”. The fact is that very little worship, if any, goes on in these places.
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
This is one of the most powerful, yet ignored verses in the Bible. This should be the foundation of everything we understand about true worship. Christ uses “worship” 5 times in these two verses. His emphasis is clear, yet we never plumb the depths of what He’s saying.
He’s talking about the true worshippers of the Father. Are we those who truly desire to lean forward and kiss the Father? If so, then we must kiss Him in spirit. This is not a function of our flesh. I cannot do anything with my body that will bring forth the intimacy that God desires to have with us.
Make no mistake about it, this is one of the greatest desires of the heart of God. The above Scripture says that the Father is actively seeking these people. God desperately wants intimacy with His people. Are you that person that God is searching for? Are you a worshipper of the Father in spirit and in truth?
There’s something interesting that I noticed in this verse when I studied it in the original Greek language. I found that some of the English words are not in the original text. They were added by the translators to make it more readable.
I believe that a more accurate translation would be; God’s Spirit and those who want to lean forward to kiss Him must lean forward to kiss in spirit and truth. The emphasis that Christ is bringing clearly teaches that God is seeking intimacy.
As we all know, intimacy can never be a “one way street.” For it to truly be intimate, as I lean forward to kiss Him, God must also lean forward to kiss me. It’s almost too good to be true. The God of the universe wants a close, intimate relationship with me. (and you!)
Question: How intimate of a relationship do you want with God?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014