Who You Are
18 December 2010
Today’s Reading: John 1-4
23 But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. 24 God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration. (John 4:23-24 MSG)
When confronted with spiritual reality, a lot of people start to think and talk about religious practice. “My parents made me go to church when I was a kid.” “I don’t like the songs they sing at church.” “It doesn’t seem relevant to me.” “What is all this about the Anti-Christ?” “I can worship God at home.”
Jesus made it clear to the Samaritan woman and it’s still the truth, “It’s who you are and how you live that count before God… Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
“Worship wars,” music styles, traditional or contemporary services, attractional versus missional church models, denominational differences – it’s not about style, it’s about heart.
Father, Here I am this morning – just me with you. You know my heart and who I am and how I’m living. I worship, honor, and revere you. Over the next few days I’ll speak at a seeker-sensitive service where we will sing contemporary songs and I will give a talk that is designed to include and not exclude pre-Christians. This week I’ll meet with my friend Gary over coffee and we’ll laugh and pray and encourage each other in life and faith. I’ll worship, honor, and revere you there, too. Amen.