Terry R. Baughman
“The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23–24).
A spiritual foundation is crucial to the family. More than financial resources, social status, and material possessions, the relationship a family has with God and a worship community is paramount. Weekly church attendance, daily prayer and devotion, consistent opportunities to learn and grow in their spiritual development are key aspects in the foundation of the family.
Everyone has a built in compulsion to worship. Some worship rock stars or famous athletes. Some worship money or success. There are those who praise the accomplishments of science or advancements in technology to the point of worship. More waste their adulation on self-image, the physically fit body, sensual pleasures, or selfish interests. Others religiously worship multiple pagan deities or elements of nature. Statistics show that a majority of Americans consider themselves spiritual while fewer see themselves as religious. What are they worshipping?
Being a Christian is more than membership in an organization. Weight loss clinics or community service organizations have many members. It is more than personal disciplines and weekly meetings; gym memberships or support groups do the same. Becoming a Christ follower involves worship and gathering together with other believers. Worship, both corporate and in private, are essential to the life of a Christian.
Worship is a lifestyle. Everything we do needs to reflect our commitment to Christ and bring glory to God. Our conduct and activities show our spiritual values, moral purity, and loyalty to God. When we are living out our lives as a committed Christian we are worshipping God.
There is greater meaning to our worship when we join together with others who have a similar desire to praise our God. The spiritual effects are magnified when we gather for prayer and worship. On one occasion in the early church it was noted, “when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). Others are blessed and filled with the Spirit when we unite in worship.
The times demand that we give more value to the consistency of gathering together for worship. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Come often to church and bring your family together for worship. This will provide the strongest foundation in the construction of our faith.
“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2).