I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1-2
Today, we look at pure worship—the worship that God seeks (and deserves)! Pure worship comes from a heart of a person who has been reborn, who knows God and is gratefully sacrificing of themself for the Lord—who seeks to worship God fully understanding the need for thanksgiving. Idols are rejected and denied in exchange for true worship of God. As we saw earlier, the doorway to pure worship is thanksgiving for the mercies of God. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, he was able to share with her what the type of worship is that God seeks.
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. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24
The mercy and grace of God poured out into the life of a repentant sinner transform a person into a child of God. It makes a person holy so that they can offer themselves as a holy sacrifice. Buddy Owens has rightly said, “Holiness is not what God wants from you. Holiness is what God wants for you”. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. (Hebrews 2:11 NIV) As followers of Jesus we come to God as new creations and stand before him having been made holy. While I seek to act holy, it is not the acting holy that allows me to worship God. It is the truth that I am positionally holy which allows me to worship God purely. I have been given the Spirit of God in my life. I can worship God in spirit and truth because I have been made new in the Holy Spirit and he is in me. His truth permeates through my life. As I continually surrender to his leading and presence in my life, my life overflows with delightful worship and adoration of the one who has set me free from darkness and is alone worthy of every drop of my praise!! Jesus said that this hour is coming and has already come. Consider the worship of Revelation chapters 4 & 5. Look at Revelation 11:17 and notice the thanksgiving. This is eternal worship in the actual presence of God apart from sin. Every follower of Jesus will worship fully in his presence in this manner for all eternity one day, but Jesus tells us we can begin that worship here and now—in spirit and in truth. Consider today what it means to worship the Lord truly and purely.