Where's Your Worship?
The woman said to Him, "Sir…Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship." John 4:19-20 (NKJV)
This is a familiar story to most of us; in fact, we looked at it earlier this month. It's the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well. As this point in their conversation, the woman asks Jesus an interesting question. She basically asks Him where she's supposed to worship.
Should she, a Samaritan, keep with the time-honored tradition of all Samaritans and worship at Mount Gerizim? Or should she worship God at the Temple in Jerusalem? This was an interesting question, but Jesus' answer proved all the more interesting:
Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father…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. "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:21-24 NKJV)
Notice, Jesus responds to her without telling her where to worship. He tells her that a time is coming when people will worship God in spirit and in truth. In other words, where you worship isn't what matters as much as how you worship.
How's your worship outside of church? Take away the lyrics and the music, and what's left? Again, Jesus tells us the place in which we worship doesn't matter, it's the way we worship. He tells us to worship in Spirit and in truth. We can worship Him wherever we are because of the Holy Spirit, and we can only worship Him in truth if we know His Word.
Practice worshiping in Spirit and in truth this week, outside of church. You'll notice your worship in church will be that much sweeter.
Worship Leader, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?