“Be Holy, because I am Holy. ( 1 Peter 1:16)
Our worship of God is a result of our perception of God. Because our life experiences shape our values and we are influenced and shaped by those experiences, our love and reverence for God will vary. But God does not leave us in the dilemma from being born in sin that having desperately wicked hearts places us in.
“Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am Holy'” (Leviticus 19:2).
God gives us the foundation in the Scriptures to build our knowledge and relationship with Him. He teaches us using a straightforward description, “I am Holy.”
Jesus willingly became the sacrifice for the redemption of our sins. We have a spiritual connection with Jesus Christ, so there should be no variation in the meaning of holiness. Through prayer and study, we fully comprehend that God is Holy. We have Divine intervention ensuring that our understanding is in sync with who God says He is.
The influencers readily try to define our worship experience. Yet, we must remember that our relationship with God is 1:1. We will not receive our reward of eternal life [Revelation 22:12] based on collective worship. We cannot sing our way to God despite popular trending worship movements. God does not require us to experience the escalation of our emotions as an outward sign of worship.
When linked to Jesus Christ, our hearts receive the spiritual nutrients required for an in-depth relationship with our Creator. This is one of the Holy Spirit’s functions, which is why we pray for daily anointing [not reflected in speaking in unknown tongues or shouting holy dances]. From the Holy Spirit, we receive daily spiritual transformation of our hearts–minds that allows us to become holy.
Our worship reveals the love and adoration that we have for God. To worship Him is to reverence our Heavenly Father, who we will never fully understand. Yet, our love for Jesus Christ and daily repentance, surrender, and obedience allows us to invite the Holy Spirit to shower us daily with a Pentecost experience that draws us closer to God.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23).
Prayer: God, we desire a deeper relationship with You. We pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Draw us closer to You, Jesus. In the Worthy Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.