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Have you ever wondered what God wants from you? There are two
references in the New Testament to God seeking something. In Luke
19:10 Jesus says, "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that
which was lost." (NASB) He said this right after his encounter with Zaccheus.
Zaccheus was a hated tax collector who completely reformed his ways and
experienced a life-changing transformation after a brief conversation with
The second reference is in John 4:23 where Jesus said, "But an hour
is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father
in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers."
(NASB) The context of this scripture is an encounter with a
woman who had five marriages and was now living with a man she wasn't married
to. She, like Zaccheus was a person who had committed her share of
sin, yet Jesus was seeking her.
But He didn't seek out either of these people so they could continue
to sin He wanted to transform them into worshipers of God. In John
4:23 Jesus teaches us the distinction between false and true worshipers,
and in doing so, tells us what He wants from us. True worshipers
worship God in "spirit and in truth."
Worship is not genuine if it isn't grounded in truth. It isn't
that worship doesn't involve our emotions, it does, but it isn't an emotional
experience that is void of intellectual grounding. Some people are
seeking an emotional high when what they really need is a firm foundation.
To be genuine, worship must also be spiritual. Certainly this
means the presence of the Holy Spirit, but it also means that we put more
than just our mind into it, we also put our spiritual essence.
Firmly grounded in the truth, we live in the spiritual dimension walking
with God in continual communion. That's what He wants from us. And
when you think about it, isn't that what we want from Him to sense His
presence every day of our lives?
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