“23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Worship is giving worth to God. Prayer starts with honoring God. Jesus showed the woman of Samaria that prayer or worship is not relegated to a place. You don’t have to be in a church service to worship. Nor do you need to be in a Confession booth to talk to God.
Another insight about this scripture is that Jesus makes the first introduction to the Jews of God as a “Father.” Jesus introduces a relationship. Jesus reveals that worship is by relationship not rules. When worship is not done in deed but in love then that is “in Spirit and Truth.”
Our convo’s (that’s cool for conversations) with God shouldn’t happen because that’s our religious duty. These convo’s with God should come from our desire to know Him.
My wife’s mother and father were divorced when she was young. When her mom remarried she was adopted by her Dad. In her teenage years, she began spending more time with her real Father and their relationship began to grow. A couple of years ago her birth father passed away leaving Cassie with few memories of her Father, and of those memories she had, she now holds close. She would love to have known him better. She would welcome the opportunity to ask him questions, just to get to know him better.
There are many people who have been removed from their father for years and when reunited, they want to develop their lost relationship. They do this by spending time with them and talking with them. We too should have that desire to be reunited with our Heavenly Father. We should have that desire to know Him as a Father.
True worship or honor comes from a relationship. That’s what Jesus was trying to say here. Worship doesn’t happen in a position, but in person.
I don’t think that you can take this next comment to the extreme that could be implied, but I think there is something here: True worship is not when you see God as a positional Rank, like a boss or any other hierarchal position. But true worship happens when you worship out of relationship.
Are you worshipping God because of His position or because of His person and your relationship with Him?