SPIRIT & TRUTH... No Matter What
A couple of months ago, I taught on the story of the women at the well and her conversation with Jesus in John 4:6-30. Within that conversation, Jesus brought up a very important point regarding worshiping the Lord "in spirit and in truth".
The main point of worshiping the Lord "in spirit and in truth" is not to be confined to one place, one style of worship, one type of singing or one order of doing things. One of the greatest realities of God is the fact that He loves us all... no matter who we are, no matter what we have done, no matter what generation we are born in, no matter how much money we have or our so-called place in society.
With the coming of Jesus Christ, everyone has the opportunity to have access to Him. Worship becomes a matter of the heart, not the songs you sing or don't sing, not the fact that you raise your hands or stand... no external actions whatsoever. As my worship leader, Brad Thompson shared a few weeks ago, "It is not the position of your body, but that of your heart that matters to God."
In Deuteronomy 6:5, Moses shares with the people how they were to express their love to God. He said, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength." It is important to always remember that our worship is directed only by our personal love for God... as we love Him, so we we will worship Him.
Years ago, when my grandmother was alive, she became very frustrated with the "new songs and styles" of worship in the church. My grandmother loved the old hymns (as do I) of the church and became upset when the new hymnals had some of the new (to that day) choruses. She became so upset that she constantly complained about the music at the church and missed out on spending quality time worshiping the Lord "in spirit and in truth".
One day, I came over to her house and shared a song that I had written. I sat down next to her with my guitar in hand and began singing. About halfway through the song, tears came to my grandmother's eyes. The song was not a real "tear-jerking" type of song, so I asked her why she was getting so emotional. My grandmother reply, "How dare I tell God who He can anoint and who He can't. I just realized that one of these day, you may have a song that will be sung by God's people and it will bless many." Then she said, "I have been worshiping things, not the Lord."
From that day on, my grandmother returned to church as a different worshiper. If she did not know the songs that were being sung, she would closed her eyes and say, "Lo