In the fourth chapter of John, Jesus is conversing with the Samaritan woman, and in verse 23, Jesus tells her,
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.”
This brings up a few points. First, let me say this. God is desiring you to worship Him. God is blessed by the Christian who lifts up His name regardless of circumstance.
Because of our sin, we have no access to God on our own. Jesus died that we could have right standing and relationship with God, part of that is the access to worship Him freely.
However, we can often fall into the pattern of thinking that says worship is just singing “Lord I Lift Your Name On High” during the service on Sunday morning.
This idea is incredibly false.
Jesus says worshipers who worship in spirit and truth. What this means, is that we are not called to just worship Jesus with our voices at church, we are called to worship the Lord from our hearts. It is to be a sincere proclamation, glorifying Jesus Christ with our hearts, and beyond that even, with our lives.
Paul brings this out when writing to the church in Colossae, in Colossians 3:23 Paul states, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
Jesus touches on the same thing in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.”
The definition of the word glorify, literally means “to honor with praise, admiration, or worship.”
This goes to show that we are to do everything in our lives to worship God, from driving to work, to taking out the trash. And beyond that, the way that we live our lives should cause other people to worship.
That is heavy.
How we live, every minute of every day, should make people want to worship God.
Sometimes, this is easy, when things are fun, and life is great, worshiping God comes naturally. Its when things are hard, and they don’t go our way, that worshiping God becomes a challenge.
However, it is when we worship God through those difficult times that it becomes a testimony of His great name.
Can you honestly say that you live like that day to day?
I challenge you to examine yourself. Is what you’re doing at work, or in school, or at home alone when nobody is looking bringing glory to God?
Is your life lifting Jesus’ name higher?
Let me close with a prayer that Jesus prayed in John 12. He was approaching the crucifixion, and while expressing how He is troubled over what lies ahead of Him,
in verse 28, He simply prays, “Father, glorify Your name.”