SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014.
‘But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be His worshippers. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth,’ John 4v23-24.
The lengthy conversation Jesus had with the woman of Samaria at the end led to Jesus saying to the woman: ‘God is looking for true worshippers who would worship Him in spirit and in truth.’ Yes, genuine seekers, true worshippers who are not hiding in the Church possibly for what they can get out of the Church but those who have come to meet with Him in truth and in spirit.
It is a common sight to observe today that many people fill most Church auditoriums and at times we have overflow, yet, most persons are yet to accept Jesus as Lord and personal Saviour. The idea of ‘brokenness’ is not really witnessed. But what does God require of us? The Psalmist gives a clue: ‘the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise,’ Psalm 51v17. Impliedly, when people are touched, there is brokenness from inside and such brokenness God does not overlook. At such moments therefore, people do not feel any longer real good with sin. But steps are taken to confess and forsaking them as a way of being in fellowship with God.
No doubt, true worshippers are not comfortable with sin. But they go ahead to depict a life that is reflective of their new status in Christ. The New Testament Church is highly illustrative here: ‘And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according as any man had need. And day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to them day by day those that were saved,’ Acts 2v42-47.
The Church could pray with one voice and through it, God will perform miracles. The case of Peter in Acts 12v5, 6 ff is very illuminating here. The Church prayed fervently with one accord and Peter was subsequently released from the prison. They knew the powers in prayer and were not ashamed to use the weapon of warfare to release Peter. We also read of a selfless convert called Barnabas who sold all his possession and laid it at the feet of the apostles for the common good of all. Of course he did not do it for recognition but the Church decided to acknowledge it and named him son of encouragement.
Also healing that was witnessed in this congregation of true worshippers for many who had different ailment were healed and the Lord added more numbers of those who were being saved daily.
Today, we need to make a decision to serve our God in truth and in spirit. We live in a time where some people focus more on false teachers and false prophesies, indulge in idolatry and spend more time on trivialities that will not bring them closer to their maker. God is looking for true worshippers, do not be left out.Ven. Ernest Onuoha Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.