God Is Looking For His Worshippers
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
Jesus told the woman at the well that the place of Worship for the Jews and Gentiles would not be centered in the Temple in Jerusalem or in some other holy geographical location established by human tradition, but it would be in the hearts of men and women. Worship in spirit and in truth is a matter of faith and love not ritual and tradition.
Worship without faith in God, disengaged from the heart and not motivated by love is not worship at all. When a slave is forced to bow before his cruel master is he doing it out of love for his master or is he merely subjugating himself for fear of punishment or death, but in his heart he despises him?
God is seeking those who are seeking Him. He takes no pleasure in grudgingly offered sacrifices and empty religious rituals.
“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:6-8
God is taking no one for granted, and He is not impressed with outward appearances. God looks on the heart of every man, woman and child to see who will be faithful to Him. He is favoring all those who have claimed and rely on faith in the name of Jesus Christ for salvation.
All those who seek Him will find him because He desires that all people should be saved. God, our God is not the problem in the world. He is the solution. Only the devil tries to convince men otherwise.
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.” Jeremiah 29:12-14
“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 33:11
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
The cross of Christ is the truth of God’s love for us all.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:14-19
If we want to please God, above and beyond all other things, we will worship Him. First, we worship Him with our lives, with our hearts, souls, minds and strength. Then we worship Him by our works, by our acts of compassion toward those in need, by our sacrifices of our selves, our resources, our time in support and defense of the weak and the poor. We worship Him by our witness of Jesus Christ to the lost, the lonely, the brokenhearted and to the captives.
God is looking for those who will worship Him this way, with all their hearts. Does this mean everyone must become like Mother Teresa? No. But it does mean that God wants all His people to allow His Spirit to work His will in and through them by their submission to His leading, His prompting and His motivation in their hearts.
The Spirit is always prompting us; always speaking to us to show and demonstrate His love by the things He has given to us, the surplus from which we draw the supply for our sustaining. Peter, James and John had no silver or gold to give to the beggar who sat outside the Temple but they gave him what they had. They gave Him their faith when they said to him in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:6-8
When we respond to His leading we please Him and we will always show His favor to those who joyfully do His work of ministry.
“Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, he delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” 2 Chronicles 16:8-9
We worship the Father when we put our trust in Him.