OUR GREATEST CALLING
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.— John 4:23By Wes and Callie Strunk
So many people are incessantly searching for their purpose in life. They wake up every morning with a single question: What am I made for? One could spend eternity trying to find an answer to that question if he or she is looking in the wrong place. But the answer is simple, and it is written on the heart of every human in existence. We were made to worship.
Now worship is more than a series of seven letters that describes the seventeen-minute music portion of a Sunday service. Worship is a lifestyle, a word that implies endless devotion to whatever it may be attached to. The truth is, we can worship anything. If we are not worshiping God, then we are undoubtedly worshiping something else. There’s no in between. It may be success, money, a significant other, or even our own child, but our human hearts can make a “god” out of anything.
We make “gods” out of things because we long to satisfy the emptiness in our souls. We think these “gods” will fulfill us, and over and over again we choose them. As Jeremiah 2:13 states, “They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Like broken cisterns, these “gods” do not quench our thirsting souls. They leave us empty, unsatisfied, and always wanting more. Only God, the spring of living water, can fulfill us. That is why we were made to thirst for Him. That is why we were made to worship God.
If we were created to worship God, then that means we, above everything else, should be worshipers. This is an identity shift for most of us. We are not just people who worship, but we, at our core, are worshipers. In John 4:23, Jesus says, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” The Father is searching for something, and it is not just worship. Instead, He is looking for worshipers. We have to understand this. He wants relationship with us, not just our praise. He is not a conceited, egotistical person needing us to flatter Him. He knows if we cultivate a relationship with Him through worship, we will live the best, fullest lives possible.
Our greatest calling in life is to be a worshiper of the Father in spirit and in truth. If we are first worshipers, we will be better at everything else: better Christians, better friends, better parents, better people. We should live every day of our lives in relationship with the Father, worshiping Him. Whether we are at work, studying for an exam, or relaxing on the couch, we should be worshipers. This is not some burdensome task for our every day, but rather, it is true freedom as we live in the love of the Father.