Concluding notes: Worshipping in the Holy Spirit
'But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.' (John 4:23-24)
The body of Christ is called to be worshipping witnesses to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Great Commission to preach the gospel to all nations can only be fulfilled by those who have hearts filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and have no other desire except to gain Christ. Effective evangelism must always be motivated by the love of Christ, and the message of salvation will 'cut to the heart' when it is presented to the world by worshippers who are anointed of the Holy Spirit.
The nature of Christ will be seen in the life of the worshipper. This is produced by the fruit of the Spirit. A worshipper will bring forth the sweet fruit of holiness, 'love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self control', (Galatians 5:22-23). Without the fruit of the Spirit there can be no worship. The worshipper can only come into the presence of God with the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
He or she must leave the cares and concerns of the world behind, having one desire; to know Christ. We cannot approach God on the basis of our own righteousness, but only through the righteousness of Christ. True worship requires the worshipper to approach God in a right manner in obedience, in holiness and with godly fear and reverence. Yet many believers have never gone up to worship. The concerns and affairs of everyday life keep them from ever going up to worship.
Worship is not singing songs, but singing is a wonderful means of being able to express our worship. The worshipper sings out of a relationship with Christ. Singing songs of praise is worship when our hearts are full of the joy of the Lord. This joy is not dependent upon favourable circumstances. The joy of the Holy Spirit will be present when there is nothing hindering our relationship with the Lord, and the desire of our heart is to know Christ.
The Holy Spirit enables the worshipper to become more aware of the beauty of Jesus through worship. We should ask ourselves the question, How much does Jesus mean to me? Worshippers are excited about Jesus. They are excited about who He is and what He has done. They are excited about doing His will. They are excited about being witnesses to Him. They are excited about being able to show their love through being counted as a 'fool for Christ'. They are excited about being part of His great eternal plan and purpose. They are excited that one day they will see Him face to face.
Worship is perfected in weakness. The power of God is manifested in those who are weak in the flesh. Anointed worshippers boldly stand for truth in meekness, but never compromise their love for the Lord. They refuse to be contentious, and joyfully lay down their lives as a love offering to the Lord. Many wonderful Christians have been prevented from moving into the anointing because they are not willing to be broken by the Holy Spirit.
A worshipper must not grieve the Holy Spirit. We must be tender hearted towards one another or we may go down from worship to being in conflict with other believers. If we hold particular teachings with a form of 'hardness of heart' then we can become more eager to defend our beliefs than to be worshippers who glorify the Lord. Our relationship with Christ must never be affected by our standing for the truth. The Lord never compromised His relationship with the Father when the religious leaders attacked His teaching.
Joy always characterises worshippers who regard every situation and circumstance as an opportunity for worship. They face trials, persecutions, and afflictions with joy because they can express their love for the Lord in them. They rejoice when people say all kinds of evil things against them. They pray for those who persecute them and their prayers lead to rebels becoming part of the family of God. They rejoice when suffering shame for the name of Jesus because they are united with Him in sufferings. They rejoice because they know that they are united with Christ in the eternal plan and purpose of God. They desire to fulfil the higher calling to worship, and through worship to be led into the place of intercession. The Father is seeking worshippers.