These are the words of Jesus to the woman at the well. I’d like to understand this better by building a concept under each of these three BIG words.
Deuteronomy is the final book of Moses. It starts with a lengthy speech by the elderly Moses to the gathered nation of Israel. After deliverance from Egypt and wandering in the wilderness, the new generation is ready to say good-bye to Moses and embrace Joshua as leader in the conquest of Canaan. Deuteronomy chapter 6 presents the Shema: “Hear, O Israel, The LORD our God, the LORD is one”; followed by the greatest commandment: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Worship is ascribing greatness to God, adoring Him, loving Him with ALL of our being. Deuteronomy 6:7-9 tell us WHEN to worship. We worship when we are teaching our children, sitting down, going places, when we lie down at night and awaken in the morning, when we do things with our hands and see things with our eyes, when we leave our homes and return to our homes.
When are we to worship? All the time!
How does it look to worship in the Spirit? Transformation and Fruit.
“Now the LORD is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the LORD, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the LORD who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18, ESV)
The setting of these verses is a discussion about the veil that was over the face of Moses which shielded the Israelites from the glory of God. Through Christ that veil is removed. Through the Spirit we behold the glory of the LORD and we are transformed. The King James version says we are changed “from glory to glory”; an amazing picture of what it means to worship in the Spirit!
The final ten verses of Galatians chapter 5 describe the results of “keeping in step with the Spirit”. Paul gives us this list: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That list is an inspiration and a challenge. I want each item listed to come out of me ALL THE TIME. I want the same for you, the same for every Christ follower. If we walk in the Spirit, worship in the Spirit, we will be people of love, people of joy, people of peace. Do you know how irresistible this is? What a witness!
What about worshiping in Truth? Study!
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV)
Paul gives leadership advice to his younger protégé, recommending a deliberate, workmanlike approach to the inspired Word. In place of “Do your best” the King James version uses the word “study”. This is work. Timothy was instructed to meditate on, understand, memorize the teachings of Jesus, Paul’s letters and the Hebrew scriptures. God’s word is an astounding gift to you, to me! You have this treasure on your tablet, your phone and multiple paper copies. You can worship God in truth by studying the truth. Know it, love it, live it!