You Worship What You Do Not Know
“Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:20-24 NKJV
Whether a person calls himself a Christian, religious, spiritual, or a worshipper, you cannot assume that they truly know God; and when they do worship, don’t assume that the true God is the object of their worship. To worship God in spirit and truth, you must truly know Jesus and understand the importance of faith in Him. If God is not the object of your faith, your worship is in ignorance because you worship what you do not know. The Samaritan woman—at the Jacob’s well—worshipped what she didn’t know (Text), as do so many others.
For example, in Acts 17:22-25, when the Apostle Paul came to Mars Hill in Athens, he observed that the men of Athens were very religious—having various objects of worship (idols). He even found an altar with this inscription: “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD”, and was moved to proclaim to them the true God that they were ignorant of—the God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands; the God who gives all men life and breath and everything else. He dispelled the big lie that “all religions are good and they all lead to heaven” (John 4:22; 14:6).
The Athenians believed in the existence of God, but they were ignorant of that God, because they didn’t have access to His revealed Word. No truth; no true worship! In ignorance, some who think that they are enlighten may still be worshipping their church legacy, the church building, the preacher, the choir or praise team, the music, and even the worship itself. In ignorance, they worship what they do not know. People are spiritually destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6).
True worship is the expression of reverence to God for who He is. It’s more than the music and the songs we sing; it’s deeper than a good feeling; it isn’t confined to a certain day and a certain place; it’s not just what we do but it is who we are. So, lose your religion and find true faith and offer God true worship. Worship Him in spirit and in truth, and worship what you know!