God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

This powerful statement is found in Scripture in the middle of a conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Remember that story? Like Zacchaeus, she was forever changed for the better because of her interaction with Jesus. Their dialogue is an incredible picture of grace and inclusion. Despite the woman’s sinful past (and present), Jesus offered her abundant life.

Worship is the right response of our souls to our heavenly Father, who sent Jesus to save His people. True worship happens in our spirit when we see God for who He really is. It is an outpouring of love, reverence, and adoration in our attitudes, thoughts, words, and actions to the only One worthy of all praise. God has given us His Spirit so we can be holy and praise Him fully.

So what is your takeaway? It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Our Father is looking for authenticity. We cannot be perfect people, but we can seek to be truthful and vulnerable people with hearts that see Him and long to be seen by Him. This is not seeking the approval of others, but people who are simply and honestly themselves before God in their worship. To adore God in the proper way is to do so out of our true selves.

• What are some things that can deter you from genuine worship?

• How much of a priority is true worship in your life? What needs to change?

• Ask for God’s help as you seek to live a more diligent life of worship.