by Barrett Vanlandingham
September 19, 2017
You may have heard someone say, “I don’t like going to church because I just don’t get anything out of it.”
Two things: First, none of us actually goes to church. We go to worship (sing, pray, give, partake in communion on the first day of the week, study, and fellowship). We ARE the church. Jesus Christ is the head of the body. Christians are the body of Christ, which is the church (Colossians 1:24,1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 3:6, and 5:23).
For Christians to say they are going to church is worse than a football team or a player saying they are “going to the game”, as if they are thinking of the game as a spectator sport they have no involvement in.
Second, we must remember that we are the worshipers, and God is the one and only audience member. In Revelation 5:9, we read what heaven will be like as people sing “a new song”. It is important to never become complacent in our worship, and sing with no thought as to the words we are offering to God.
During Jesus’ ministry, he was having a conversation with a woman in Samaria at “Jacob’s well”. He had just finished explaining to her that those who drink the living water (his teachings) he provides will never thirst again. Then the topic turned to the question of where the appropriate place is to worship God.
Jesus said, “A time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem” (John 4:21). He was leading up to the idea that our relationship with God is not based on a location since God himself is not of this world.
“…true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).
It is important to worship correctly (in truth), but it is also important to worship in spirit with your whole heart, whether with your church family (Hebrews 10:24-27), or as you live out your Christian life. This kind of worship results in blessings too numerous to count. Have a great week!