Worship A Way of Life
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved (shaken) let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear – Hebrews 12:28.
We were created to worship God, not just in song, but in actions. What is Worship? In Scripture, the word worship denotes both and overall way of life and a specific activity. When Jonah said, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land, he was speaking of his whole manner of life.
Two concepts of worship, a broad one and a more narrow, specific one correspond to the two ways by which we glorify God. We glorify God by ascribing to Him the honor and adoration due Him because of His excellence, the narrow concept of worship. We also glorify God by reflecting His glory to others, the broader way of life manner of worship. Jesus spelled out the first essential of worship when He said to the Samaritan woman, “God is Spirit, and His worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth (God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth – John 4:24). The “spirit” in which Jesus says we must worship God is the human spirit. It is what Apostle Paul often refers to as the heart. Worship is not just an external act, true worship must come from the heart and reflect a sincere attitude and desire.
Jesus said we must also worship in truth indicating our worship must be in harmony with what God has revealed about Himself in His Word. His Word expresses the attributes and character of God. As children of God, we should have his attributes and character, if not, we have not truly become sons and daughters of God. Religion wants to come to God other than the way of Jesus and the blood He shed for our sins combined with sanctification. First of all, the only way we can come to Jesus, the Father must first draw us (No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him; and I will raise him up at the last day – John 6:44). Religion wants to serve God, but deny Jesus, they deny the blood, they deny the resurrection from the dead.
The only way to Jesus is through the Son, and the only way to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the acceptation of the Father and the Son, submitting to God’s written instructions for the believer. Many professing Christians have not been baptized with the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the Son of God, but before He returned to the Father and was walking in the earth as a man and God, He was baptized with the Holy Spirit before He started His ministry (And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water, and, lo the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him – Matthew 4:16). False teaching states when you receive salvation, you also receive the Holy Spirit which is contrary to the Word of God. Yes, everyone receives a portion of God’s Spirit when they receive salvation, but there is also a baptism of the Holy Spirit in which His Spirit comes to live within the believer and empowers them for the Christian journey.
There were many disciples baptized in the name of Jesus, but they had not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost. For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus – Acts 8:15-16). If they had received the Holy Spirit once they believed, the Apostle wouldn’t have to have prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables the believer to worship God in spirit and in truth. He enables them to submit to God’s written Word.
Every professing Christians should have a time and place to worship God. We worship Him through prayer and reading His Word. Songs of praise, and adoration to His holiness and greatness! A set time and place is good, but we can pray anywhere at anytime within our hearts. Sometimes as we come before God in praises, as we think on His goodness, the praises just begin to flow as we are in the presence of God. He is so worthy of praise! We worship Him on a daily basis not just when we attend church. If the praises isn’t in our hearts at church neither will it be when were not at church.
To worship God is to love Him and His Son, to worship is from the heart, willingly to submit our all to Him. Our desire is to please Him and submit to His desire in our lives and in our beings whatever that maybe. We exalt Him and not ourselves, we submit to His way and His will; then our lives will be a life of worship.