Reading: Isaiah 1: 11-15
Isaiah writes to a people who are simply going through the motions with God. They may be offering sacrifices and saying the corporate prayers but their hearts are far from God. They may be doing all the ‘right’ things according to the Law, but they are far from the intent and reason for worship. Their worship is not connecting them to God. Since they are not connecting to God, they are not experiencing God’s presence in their lives. They leave worship and leave God in the synagogue or temple.
In the New Testament, Jesus echoes Isaiah’s call. Jesus calls on us to worship God in spirit and in truth. Worshipping God in spirit involves us in connecting to God’s spirit in worship. In worship we can connect to God in an intimate and personal way. In doing so we come to know the Creator’s will and purpose for our lives. We too often come to worship expecting to ‘get’ something. Worship is about offering ourselves to God and allowing God to transform us into who we were created to be as a child of God.
When we worship in spirit then God’s truth will shape and form how we live. When we worship in truth we are honest and open to what God speaks into our hearts and are willing to go where God leads. The fruit of authentic and real worship is revealed in how God transforms us. When we worship in truth we are led to repentance, to seeking to bring God’s love into the world, to do good in our world. Through God’s transforming power we are conformed more and more into living as Christ lived in the world, bringing glory and honor to God in all we do.
When we worship in spirit and truth, we worship in a way that is open to God working in our lives. We come to God with the desire to be transformed, filled up, and sent out into the world to live for God. May we offer all we have and all we are to God in worship this day, allowing God’s spirit and truth to transform us into the likeness of Christ, bringing His light and love to the world in need.