"But a time is coming and is already here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit [from the heart, the inner self] and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers." John 4:23 AMP
When you think of the word "worship," what comes to mind? Do you imagine someone standing with their eyes closed and hands raised? Or someone on their knees bowing their head towards someone or something? Or perhaps you think of worship as something boring, that is simply a part of the order of service, that you cannot wait to end. Or you may think of worship as simply giving reverence to God.
When we look at John 4:23, the verse tells us that true worshipers will worship in spirit, and in truth. If there are true worshipers, then that means there must also be false worshipers. False worshipers are people who simply go through the motions, have impure motives, and honor God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8).
On the other hand, true worshipers worship the Father "in spirit," which means from the heart, which is also our soul (comprised of our mind, will, and emotions). The second part says, "in truth," which indicates the purity of God. That means that true worship is a combination of both our hearts, and the uncontaminated truth of who God is, and His word.
What does that mean? Worship does not begin when the band starts playing, or when your favorite song is sung. Worship is not restricted to a church building, or a church service. Worship begins with you, and in you. Worship begins when your heart bows in reverence and in awe of who God is, and you obey His commands; and there no time or place that can interfere.
As you go throughout your week, worship God on your job, worship Him as you serve your family, worship Him when you wake up, as you drive, and as you work. Worship Him with your finances, your gifts, and your talents. Worship Him with your thoughts, actions, and words. Worship does not stop and start with music, it starts and stops with you. I challenge you to B.Y.O.W. (Bring Your Own Worship), wherever you go, whenever you can, and in as many ways as you can. God is looking for true worshipers in this generation. Will you be found among them?