The Bare Soul
June 20, 2010
The following is the message
text and audio recording of a sermon titled "True Worshippers" delivered to the
at the Kansas City Rescue Mission Chapel on June 17, 2010.
- June 17, 2010
John 4:24 - God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
What does it mean to become a true worshipper of God? Jesus stated unequivocally that those who worship God must worship Him in both spirit and truth. Many fail to understand how to commune with God on this supernatural "footing" because many don't understand what it is to worship the Father. Pass by most mainline denominational churches and many will invariably display their "times of worship", whether Sunday morning, Sunday evening, or Wednesday evening. A large part of Western Christendom has become comfortable with the idea of giving God an hour or two on Sunday, and for the more devoted, even a Wednesday evening from time to time. Even those who are regular members, who tithe and are busy with church activities, may oftentimes not truly understand what it means to be a worshipper of God. I think I have a decent description of a true worshipper of God. Many use the example of falling in love with their mate, how they couldn't stand being apart and where they would spend every waking moment thinking about their true love. While this is romantic and a passionate example, it is also sentimental and unrealistic for the "long haul". What must develop from this passionate longing are times of loving trust and confidence. Just as a couple who has been married for decades can ascribe, there must be a mutual love that has the underlying spark of passion but more importantly the fires of undying love that keep the furnaces of love burning. This, beloved, is a contentment that is honest and forthright. Even so, this is the type of worshippers God desires -- those who will trust in Him no matter the intensity.
It is impossible to be a true worshipper of God on selective days. Hebrews tells us that we must come boldly before the throne of grace, displaying great confidence in the One whom we've believed (Hebrews 4:16). The author of this book to Jewish believers points out that we must seek Him in this regard in our time of need. However, as the sanctified believer knows, our days of need are daily without abate. When we come into relationship with the Father through the Son, then we truly understand that to stand aloof is an attitude of infidelity and sub sequential idolatry. For if we are not relying on His throne of grace, and worshipping Him face to face, then we will not be capable of worshipping Him from afar. If we are not captivated by His presence then we are held captive by another. In order for our spirits to commune with the Father, we must first accept His Son as our Savior and know that He paid the price for our sin. Once this contractual understanding has occurred, then you or I have the same rights as those of every godly man and woman that have gone before us. We can join our spirit with His in faith, rejecting the world and all its fleshly attachments. If we are communing with the Father in faith, and have humbly given ALL of our lives to Him, then we have become worshippers in spirit and in truth. It is impossible to divorce either spirit or truth in the equation to be God's worshipper. For without His Spirit, we will never know the truth about ourselves. The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16), but He also convicts us to help us grow to be men and women of God (John 16:8).
One might say, "It is impossible to be a worshipper of God every minute of the day." If God gave us the command to be holy as He is holy (I Peter 1:16), it means He has given us everything to become holy, worshippers of God. Failing to do otherwise is our fault. To the level that we will trust and obey His Spirit (who lives within those of us who call Christ our Savior), is the degree that we will satisfy the Father's hearts. In John 4:23, Jesus states that the Father is looking for true worshippers that would worship Him in spirit and in truth. II Chronicles 16:9 states: For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His ... . Beloved, worshipping the Father with a whole heart is not a one way street! He desires to STRONGLY SUPPORT all those who would come to Him as worshippers, with spirits totally yielded to the Almighty. He promises through the prophet Malachi that if we worship Him with our tithe that He will open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings (Malachi 3:9-11). How much more if we worship Him with our entire lives! If God gives an abundance from giving Him a tenth of our wealth, how much more when we surrender all to Him? If we are truthful with our God, allowing the Spirit to rule within us and not giving any opportunity for the flesh to usurp His sovereignty, then we will know an abundance of His presence that will fill us continually with the fruit of His precious Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Do we really desire to be true worshippers? We will not experience true worship of the Father until we are truly His. Only as we lay down our lives before Him, will He then allow us to come before His throne of grace with boldness and confidence. He would have no greater delight than if we did so unreservedly. However, He knows we are but flesh and that often times the spirit is weak in its present state (Matthew 26:41). That is why He tells us to come, and to keep coming. Give to Him, and keep giving until there is no more to give. Expend what you can this day on the Father's behalf, and He will give you grace to give more tomorrow. We must always seek to become true worshippers by continually giving back to the One who gave us everything. For He is truly worthy of all our worship. May He find true worshippers in us all, as He continually draws us to Himself through His eternal mercy and grace!
Father, help us. Give us the desire to become sold-out, passionate, worshippers of You. Give us the fire within that will not be quenched as we seek You with all our hearts to give You the worship You deserve. We ask You to continue to draw us into Your presence. We love and thank You! In Jesus' Name, Amen!
Your Barefoot Servant,
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