John 4:21—24 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Jesus linked worship with salvation.
Mat 4:10 “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
Jesus also linked worship with service.
God is looking for worship. He is seeking those kinds of people who are down and out because He wants to change them and to help them. God is not just sitting on the throne, He’s looking for you. He’s busy. God is searching, seeking something. That something is true worship.
We know now that Zacchaeus climbed a tree not only because he was too short, he was searching and seeking. The woman with an issue of blood was searching and seeking healing. We need a hunger for more of God.
There is a God in heaven who is searching just as hard for YOU. He wants your soul. God will find you. He seeks after you. It was God who put the bread crumbs down and wooed me closer to Him. God isn’t lost. I am. God found me. God found YOU, because He seeks you. He looks for you.
Paul wasn’t searching for Jesus. He was seeking to destroy those people who worshipped him. Jesus knocked Paul to the ground and made him blind, so he could finally see. Moses wasn’t looking for God. God made the tree burn to get Moses’ attention. What about Gideon? God sent him an angel while he was hiding. God is looking for vessels, true worshippers.
What about worship when you are at home, or school, or work? Is there a worship song going on at work, at home, at school, at play? You better be sure that who you worship is worthy, because that is who you will serve. That’s why you can only have one master because that is the one you will serve.
Over 30 times where the word worship is used the word is rendered ‘serve’ in other translations like the NIV. These words are interchangeable. Worship is more like serving than it is like praise. Worship comes from two old English words ‘worth’ and ‘ship’. Whatever you are valuing higher in rank than you that is worship. When you worship you bow down. If He will increase, I must decrease.
God is infinite. His knowledge is infinite. You can’t know it all. God is seeking worshippers. Something about that is magnetic to God. Do you want God to show up when you are having problems? Worship. If you worship God, you live a lifestyle of service to God. Worship is more of a lifestyle than something you just do. There is a Greek word that renders worship as similar to a dog to its master, licking its master’s hand. We must have the mentality that He is greater than we are. We don’t have to conger up God. You don’t need to rub a lamp or cut yourself or anything like that. You don’t have to do something to get God to show up. You just have to walk with Him. You need to live in that realm of worship.
Peter wasn’t invoking the name of Jesus to heal the man outside the temple. He was using the power that Jesus had given him. ‘Rise up and walk.’ The reason why we don’t have the miracles we want is because we feel like God is far from us. It’s not about our own talents and abilities. It’s about trusting the Lord to do it. We need to trust God. Oversees, people don’t have insurance. It’s either God or death. They trust the Lord.
Worship: A valet serves, a feudal vassal, a person who is given land in exchange for rendering service. He is an employee of the master. He performs personal services. A valet is what God is looking for, someone who understands their position in the kingdom of God. We’ve got to understand where we rank in the kingdom of God. We’ve got to understand who we are. If we understand who He is, then we will better understand who we are.
I would love to have a bumper sticker that says, ‘My God can beat up your god!’
I serve a God that’s mighty. My God can beat up your cancer. My God can beat up your problems. My God can help you overcome your sin! If we walk in that, then God will show up in our lives.
From Feb 19, 2012 sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.