“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23).
For years a big issue in churches has to do with the way we relate to “seekers.” Entire church strategies are devised to attract and keep people who are seeking God, but not sure about church.
Has it occurred to us that the real “seeker” we should be concerned about in our worship is God? Jesus taught that the Father is Himself seeking a certain kind of worshipper – those who worship the Father in spirit and truth.”
Furthermore, has it occurred to us that the Father is seeking these kinds of worshippers because He desires to commune with us in genuine worship? When that happens it’s a life-changing experience.
In his book entitled Soul Shaping Jim Wilson talks about the spiritual disciplines that conform us to the image of Christ, one of those being corporate worship. He frankly and humbly describes the heart-cry of many pastors as they prepare each week to lead their people in worship:
“So today I’m going to stand before you. Not because I’m better than you or smarter than you or wiser than you or more spiritual than you. I’m going to stand before you because I know this could be the week. This could be the week when we do more than have a worship service. It could be the week when we forget about me and we forget about you and we focus on Him and we truly worship.
“But today I’m standing here, where I’d rather not be. In a few minutes I’ll stand before you and wrestle with every distraction to keep your attention on this message. I’m supposed to be thought-provoking yet lighthearted, brilliant yet humble, thorough yet concise, timeless yet up-to-date.
“And so I pray, ‘Let the fire fall, Lord! Bless us; drench us in Your grace! Descend on us with power! Let Your Spirit fill this place!’”
“I’m standing here because I don’t know where else to stand. It is my destiny, my calling. But then again, this isn’t about me; and it isn’t about you, for that matter. It’s about Him. So today I stand before you – no, make that beside you – before a holy God who is worthy of our worship and longs for us to come to church prepared to worship Him.
“Could today be the day?”
As we move into days of intensely seeking a fresh touch from God upon our lives, let’s come each Lord’s Day with the anticipation that today just might be the day God breaks forth in glory and power in our lives and in our church.