21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
During this time of uncertainty, suffering, fear, sickness and death, it has no doubt changed the course of how we operate in our daily affairs. Public schools, dining facilities, sports arenas and employment has been impacted all over the world. The sting of (COVID-19) is causing our Government to make unprecedented decisions that affect our freedoms. One of those affected freedoms is what we call “Collective Worship”.
Collective Worship as defined by some is when the saints of God assemble collectively, usually on the 1st day of the week (Sunday), at a particular location (building), to sing, pray, give, commune and edify together with a preached sermon to remind us that if we just hold on, everything is going to be alright!!!
This “type” of worship has been the norm in our Western culture and has indirectly created challenges that attack the core of the 1st century church. For many of us, worship to God has been reduced to a structure. Sadly, because of this mindset, whenever we are prevented to meet as a body it becomes awkward or weird. For the record, I have no problem with collective worship and the beauty of assembling with my spiritual family. But thanks be to God for revealing to us in His Word that worship is not confined to a specific location! In fact in our scriptural text above, Jesus teaches us that God is more concerned with our heart (spirit) and head (truth). Verse 23 shows us what kind of worship God is pleased with. “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him”.
When you change your perspective on worship to God it will free you from discouragement, disillusion and defense tactics. Worship is really “worth-ship”. It declares that something or someone is worthy. God is worthy of our worship!!! Not because of what He does for us but simply because of who He is!!! Our attitudes and actions should reflect His worthiness in our daily lives through prayer, Scripture reading, acts of kindness, gratitude and pure thoughts.
Did you catch the little phrase in the last sentence? “Our Daily lives”!!! All of life is worship because God deserves it all!!! So while it may seem that our “church” at The Way has been interrupted, I encourage you to look beyond the walls and know that God is bigger than any building.
I pray that you will stay connected by any means necessary and not allow this season of uncertainty to prevent you from the biblical mandate to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good works… by encouraging one another”. Hebrews 10:24-25. This may be accomplished through our Life Groups, phone calls, Facebook, Zoom, or other mediums of social media. Remember: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
God Bless & Amen!!!!!