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Churches used to split over doctrine, but not anymore. Today there is
more controversy over worship practices than beliefs.
Some things about worship, the Scripture makes crystal clear, "God is
spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John
4:24) Those two key words: "spirit and truth."
We should be careful not to criticize someone's worship unless it is
done with a false spirit or in disregard to truth. Though it means more
than this, a true spirit will lead one to worship body and soul. Paul wrote,
"I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your
bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual
service of worship." (Rom. 12:1)
A true spirit also means that we are anxious to participate. Remember,
it will be the key activity of heaven. "the twenty-four elders will fall
down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives
forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne," (Rev.
It must have a true object-God. Worship is reserved for God. "And I
fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, "Do not do that; I
am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of
Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
( Rev. 19:10) God alone is holy and worthy of worship. "Who will not fear,
O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou alone art holy; For all the nations
will come and worship before Thee, For Thy righteous acts have been revealed."
It is too bad that worship is so controversial these days. Our common
desire to worship God should unite Believers even if we can't agree on
all the particulars. If our fellow believers are worshiping in "spirit
and in truth" it is worship that pleases God, and it shouldn't upset us.
Read Extreme Convictions,
the sermon that corresponds to this devotional.