Are You a True Worshipper?
By Pastor Tony Butler
John 4:23-24 "Yet an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
The strength of the family of God is proportionate to its worship of God. Destroy or compromise that worship, and you undermine the kingdom on every level of Christian existence. When the most important is unattended, a sub- standard substitute will always take its place. It will always be weak and fragile. It will not stand the test of time.
In this portion of scripture we see that worship is very important to God, and that He is looking for a very special kind of worshipper. It would be a good thing for all of us to stop and ponder whether or not His eyes would stop on us in His search. To God, worship is the highest and most important activity in which we as Christians can engage. The hands that are raised in supplication should first be raised in praise and adoration. The divine order is ever and always praise and then petition. Worship should always precede our asking and our working.
Luke 10:38 “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Jesus was being entertained in the home of Mary and Martha. Mary sat at our Lord's feet in adoring fellowship and worship while Martha was busy preparing the food and taking care of other issues that enter into such entertainment. Martha was upset and made her feelings known to Christ. Whereupon, the Lord rebuked her and exonerated Mary. In fact, He honored Mary. Her priorities were right and pleasing to the Lord. Please notice the statement in verse forty-two, "one thing is needful" and that one thing is worship. Our Lord settled forever the fact that our worship is more important to Him than our work. He does not negate the fact that He appreciates our service. But let us never forget God's order, which is worship first; and then working.
True spiritual worship enhances our service. There is absolutely no drudgery or burnout in a love service inspired by soul enrapturing worship. A lot of people complain about burnout in the Lord's ministries. It is usually caused by a lack of worship. You see, true worship begets love and love glorifies all we do for our blessed Lord. A love service is a soothing satisfying experience. There is unspeakable joy in such love-bathed ministries. However, the flow of that love is dependent on our times of sacred worship with Christ. When I sense the need for more love, I resort to worship. The bottom line here is that we influence men for Christ according to that holy love which throbs in our hearts. That holy throb will not exist unless we are true worshippers. It is ever and always the only acceptable motivating factor in all our ministries.