The Father seeks…..

July 3, 2007 at 4:53 am 2 comments


“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.” In John 4:23, Jesus made this statement to the “woman at the well”. This Samaritan woman had come out to get some water at the well (apparently it was one of Jacob’s wells), and she came out in the middle of the day to avoid meeting other women (read John 4 for the whole story)…..

Although there are so many things to consider and learn from this short interaction, what caught my attention was the fact that the Father actually seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth. This might sound sacrilegious, but I initially thought this sounds as if God is actually seeking some sort of validation of His character from His creation!! So we do need to address this question: If God is Sovereign, and He knows it, why does he need us to tell Him that He is the Greatest? Why does He seek praises from us if all that the angels do is praise Him all the while? (see I Chron 16:9 “Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts” and many more such verses throughout the Word)…..

I believe that we ought to worship God (for who He is) and praise Him (for what He has done or will do) not because He wants us to, but because we need to. When we worship our Majesty, we are in effect telling ourselves that He is our all powerful God who is more than capable of doing great and marvelous things. When we praise Him, we are reminding ourself that He is our source. Worship and Praise is for our own selves!

God knows that when we acknowledge Him in Worship and Praise, we become stronger because we stop depending on our pitiful strength and human effort, redirect our focus on the One who is capable, remind ourselves of times in the past when He came through for us and finally look forward to the future with hope because we know we can depend on Him. This in turn creates a stronger people who can then carry out His work in this world.

And that is why the Father seeks worshipers who worship Him in spirit and truth!

In His Service,

John

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