“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” John 4:20
My daughter, Grace, and I were running early one Saturday morning along the river. That’s when I often inspired as we pray and worship God together. We discussed the concept of worship, and how sometimes we equate worship to a limited period of time, a specific place, and an event that must be led by a specific person or group of people. Have you ever wondered why these are conspicuously absent in the New Testament?
The Samaritan woman embraced this paradigm of worship, “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” But Jesus gently corrected her, “Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.”” John 4:20-21. Worship is not limited to a place, time, or special people who lead us, at least it wasn’t in the early church. We were born again to be worshippers! Jesus went on to instruct this woman, “the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” The key to worship is praising God from the heart…wherever you are. Every believer has the Holy Spirit who enables them to worship God “in the Spirit,” sincerely, and from the heart. God isn’t impressed with ritualistic and memorized prayers if our heart is far from Him.
You are a worshipper -always, everywhere you go. Don’t be fooled into thinking that your relationship with God must be limited to a few hours a week at a certain place, or led by a special group of people. It is who you are!