I never knew worshipping God could be so much fun and liberating.
Before Jesus had filled me up with the Holy Spirit, worship to me was all about keeping up with the tunes, saying the clichès, having the likable aroma.
Trying to worship God without knowing God? That’s possible. Worshipping God truthfully without knowing the love of God? That’s impossible.
For me to worship God, to worship Christ, to worship the Holy Spirit, I needed to know the truth.
Jesus once said to the disciples, believers who had not yet received the Holy Spirit:
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (John 16:12-15)
I couldn’t bare much of what Jesus had said because I had not yet received the Holy Spirit. All of what Jesus had said was hard for me to grasp. I wanted to believe his words because they made sense, but the fear within me kept my mind at bay. The fear of punishment, that is. Though I had read the passages several times, I couldn’t believe in them since I was looking in others to show me what they meant. But others including myself always fall short.
It was only when I looked in Jesus, and him alone, did I find the meaning of everything he said. It was only when He baptized me with the Holy Spirit did I find rest and did I stop seeking him in others. Because by then, I had found Jesus through the Holy Spirit, and not through weak men like me.
It’s great when you see Jesus in others. But it’s better when you have found God in Jesus.