One of the greatest confusions in Jesus’ day was about worship. If only they could worship at the right place, at the right time, and with the right procedure, then God would accept them. But Jesus taught that worship wasn’t about those things at all.
Jesus introduced the woman at the well to a new kind of worship: spiritual worship, in which we worship in the Spirit. This, he tells her is true worship. We are no longer tethered to places and times and rituals. Now, because Jesus has come, we are set free from those limitations, which were there to instruct us before the coming of Christ. That’s why the apostle Paul writes,
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Rom 12:1, NIV).
This is the worship of the every-day. It’s good to praise God and worship in church. But the sign of a true worshipper is that wherever we go and in whatever we do, we are worshipping God. What God desires the most is for our everyday lives themselves to be the truest act of worship, offering praise to God. This is what it means to worship in Spirit and in truth.
Think of something you do regularly as part of your everyday life. How can you consciously make it an act of worship? Do it for a week and then reflect on your experience.
By Dr. Eliezer Gonzalez
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