Day 4, Chapter 4
Why do Christians gather together each week to sing, pray, and learn? It’s all about worship. Here’s what Jesus said about that:
“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. 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, The Message)
Honesty is precious, isn’t it? When I can be the truest me with others, that is a gift, indeed. This is extremely important in relationship to God, who knows us even better than we know ourselves. We need a time to get honest before God about who we are (dependent children) in light of who He is (loving Father). For me, this happens on Sunday mornings. I’m typically with my church family at East White Oak Bible Church in Illinois. This month, however, I’m with my extended church family at The Well in Colorado.
Wherever I am, worship is a time to remember and acknowledge who I am and who God is. It’s a time to get real. In that honest place, worship is the result, because I am in awe of God’s love for me. I am amazed that God would look for me. I am overwhelmed that Jesus would die for my sin so that I could draw near to the Father.
Wherever you are, I hope you will be gathering with your church family to get honest and worship from the very core of who you are.
What is God teaching you in today’s virtual study? Share in the comments or via social media (tag me!).
If you missed Days 1–4, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 5, Chapter 5. All are welcome!