Encouragement for your daily walk with God
I’m heading back to Israel this November and one of the sites we will visit is Mt. Gerizim. It’s near Sychar where Jesus met the woman at the well. As I was reviewing Scripture about that event, I was reminded that, as important as physical spaces are, true worship isn’t dependent on a specific building or location. When the Samaritan woman asked Jesus, “So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” [John 4.19-20 NLT], Jesus responded, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem” [v. 21].
What a shock that must have been, considering the Temple was the center of worship at the time. So Jesus continued, “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way” [v. 23].
What a marvelous truth! Worship can’t be confined to this place or that place — here only, there only. When we stand before God, hearts filled with the Holy Spirit, any time, any place, any where becomes the place of authentic worship.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4.24