Look at the churches around you. There is so much variety. Everywhere you look you see churches that claim to be of one body, yet they all have fundamental differences at their core. This can be seen by simply walking into their worship services. Everywhere you go the worship consists of something a little bit different than the last place you went.
Is this just an expression of the variety of Gods creation, meaning we are all different and the fact that we all worship differently is simply celebrating this fact Are we as the members of the Church that Jesus bled and died for authorized to decide what we do and do not do in our worship service
The claim is often made that as long as we are worshiping God, He doesn’t care how we do it!. Is it true that God does not care about the method of our worship as long as the object of our worship is Him and Him alone
Gods Desire For True worship
The question is asked, Is there a right and wrong way to worship John 4:23-24 tells us that God is looking for true worshipers who are devoted to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
God wants worshipers who have the right heart when they come before His throne in worship. He wants those who are authentic and real. Those who worship in spirit are those who desire to please and to glorify God no matter what that looks like. The authentic heart of a worshiper and follower of Jesus says, Lord, I want to follow you wherever you go (Luke 9:57). This is a heart that is so in awe of the love of God, that they desire to do whatever it takes to please Him.
When someone has the right heart concerning worship, this leads them to desire to please God and do things His way. This is where the discussion of truth enters in. He is the truth. Jesus said I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). The human side of us wants to think that as long as we love God and make Him the object of our worship, then there is no right or wrong way to do it. This is simply not true.
In Mark 7:6-7 Jesus talks about those who claim to love God and honor Him, but their heart does not desire to truly seek Him. They teach the commandments of men. Jesus calls this vain or false worship. This is worship we do our way rather than Gods way. True worship seeks to please God rather than ourselves. The question is no longer, What can I get from this time of worship, but rather How can I please God
Gods Definition of True Worship
How can we please God with our worship We do it His way and with all of our heart. We need to offer Him worship that is holy and acceptable (Romans 12:1). This point is made clear in Hebrews 12:28, Therefore let us be grateful for a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.
We need to offer God holy and acceptable worship. Under the new and better covenant where we have been given grace through the cross, how much more should we want to be holy and acceptable in the eyes of God
This leaves us wondering how we know what true worship really is. Gods word is given for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17). If we simply stop and open up our hearts to what God has to say we can see how he desires us to worship Him. That being said, it is also important that God is not looking for mechanical obedience, meaning we do what He says just for the sake of doing. We need to remember to obey out of our hearts and out of awe.
Our Motivation for True Worship
Here is what it comes down to. Ask yourself this question, Who is reigning on the throne of your heart Is it you or God Do you make decisions based on pleasing yourself or pleasing God
The writer of Hebrews gives the reason for offering to God acceptable worship, with reference and awe. He says, for our God is a consuming fire. When we come before the throne of God it should be because we feel as though we cannot respond to the love of God in any other way. Worship should not be something that we feel obligated to do. It is the only adequate response to a relationship with a God who has loved us so much that He would take our place on the cross. Our motivation for worship should be love.
Can you say that you want nothing more than to please God? Do want nothing more than to worship Him in spirit and in truth? We encourage you to search. Grab your Bible and dive into Gods word. Search for what He has revealed is holy and acceptable.