|Posted on January 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM|
Where we worship.
His name should be praised from east to west, all day long, no matter where we are. If you find yourself in a place where you cannot praise the Lord, maybe you do not belong there.
True spiri¬tuality directs people not to holy places but to the holy God, who is always available by the indwelling of his Spirit (Jn 4:20-24).
Worship that is done in spirit and in truth will entail an encounter with the Holy, who includes and transcends moral goodness (R. Otto).
It is interesting that even today if you make a trip to the Holy Land, you will hear this comment spoken by modern Jews: “If you want to party, go to Tel Aviv. If you want to do business, go to Haifa. If you want to worship, go to Jerusalem? However, Jesus clarified that this is no true:
Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. (John 4:21—22)
Jesus took the time to teach her that worship is not connected to a place but to a Person. The problem she had wasn’t a lack of knowledge about where to worship, but a lack of connection with the One whom she was worshiping. The woman lacked that connection. If you don’t want to worship maybe you lack that same connection with the True and Only Living God.
“Salvation” is from the Jews, Jesus said. Note that He did not say that salvation is “for the Jews.” Salvation is not exclusively Jewish. But the source of salvation is exclusive: it came from the Jews through Jesus Christ. To worship God the Father, an individual must come through Jesus. That includes both Jews and Gentiles (see John 14:6; Rom 1:16).
Jesus continued to tell the Samaritan woman how those properly connected with God will worship Him:
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers (John 4:23)
It is probably the only place in the Bible where we read that God seeks something from us. And what is it He seeks from His followers? God seeks our worship. He loves it when we connect with Him…when we are preoccupied with Him alone. We’re not to “play at our worship.” The Father wants us to worship Him with our spirits fully engaged. We also worship Him according to the truth found in the Scriptures.