What is it to worship God? Ask different people and receive different answers. To worship God is to:
- Go to church
- Sing hymns
- Give money
- Serve in some area
These are all facets of worship, but there’s more. Worship is as much attitude as action. To worship God is also to love him and be devoted to him; to show him respect and adoration; to honor and admire him. It’s one thing to go to church to “worship” God for an hour on Sunday, but do we really show him our love, devotion, respect, adoration, honor, and admiration while we’re there? What about the other 167 hours of our life each week?
The Bible talks a lot about worship, about worshiping the God of creation: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Starting with Genesis and all the way through to Revelation, the Bible mentions worship in 162 verses, giving instruction and examples of worship offered to God.
In one of these verses, John tells us to worship God in spirit and in truth. It is imperative; we must do it. While I don’t fully comprehend what it means to worship God in spirit and in truth, it’s something I strive to do as a lifelong pursuit. What I am sure of is that worshiping God in spirit and in truth requires a lot more than spending an hour in church each Sunday.
Today, and every day, may we worship God in spirit and in truth.
What does this mean to you? How do you worship God?