Beyond Head Knowledge

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

God is Always With Us

Key Bible Verse: “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23, NIV)

Dig Deeper: John 4:19-26

I wonder how many of us, when it comes to knowing and worshiping God, approach him like the main character of a biography. We learn what he did in the past but don’t expect to actually engage with him. We hear and read his Word, but it’s no more than history, principles, commands and promises in a book. The Bible isn’t the biography of a distant, absent, or dead deity. Scripture speaks of a God who is near, a God who is active, a God who breaks into the present – a God with whom we can engage. A God we can experience mentally, emotionally, and even physically at times.

God is seeking true worshipers who not only believe things about him, but also know him as a God who is living, active, and with us. True worshipers have a relationship with God that includes head knowledge but goes beyond it. Jesus is alive and wants us to know him.

Our worship isn’t only about God; it involves God. It isn’t only to and for God; it’s the way we encounter and engage with God. The one who enables us to encounter God in the way I’m describing is God himself, in the person of the Holy Spirit.

– Bob Kauflin in True Worshipers

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